fraudulent use of telecommunication systems

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The offence, contrary to s 125 of the Communications Act 2003, of obtaining an electronic communications service (other than a programme included in a broadcasting or cable programme service provided from a place in the UK) with intent to avoid payment of a charge applicable to the provision of that service. It is also an offence, contrary to s 126 of the Act, for a person to have in his possession or under his control anything which may be used for obtaining such a communications service, provided he has the requisite intention; and for a person to supply or offer to supply anything which may be so used, where he knows or believes that the person supplied has the requisite intention. The three offences are triable either way, and the maximum penalty is, on conviction on indictment, imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or a fine or both and, on summary conviction, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both. See also fraudulent receipt of programme.

Subjects: Law.

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