Omi in a Hellcat’s IPTV Co-Defendant Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison
A former employee of Bill Omar Carrasquillo, aka Omi in a Hellcat, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison in the United States. Michael Barone worked at Carrasquillo’s pirate IPTV service Gears TV, initially in a customer service role and later as an administrator. Compared to Carrasquillo, Barone played a relatively minor role, but was still important to the platform’s operations.
Late January, Michael Barone filed an important document at a district court in Pennsylvania. With his freedom on the line, the stakes could hardly have been higher.
The New York man was among several people arrested following the FBI shutdown of pirate IPTV services owned by Pennsylvania and New Jersey man, Bill Omar Carrasquillo.
Better known online as Omi in a Hellcat, Carrasquillo had built an empire of IPTV streaming services that captured Comcast, Verizon, Spectrum, DirecTV, and Frontier Communications broadcasts, and then illegally retransmitted them over the internet at knockdown prices.
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