Web piracy scam man Mahoney jailed after making £300,000 from illegal movie access
A social recluse whose bedroom-run internet piracy scam put the movie industry at risk of losing an estimated £120 million has been handed a four-year sentence, half of which will be spent in prison.
Paul Mahoney, 29, from Londonderry, made almost £300,000 through advertising revenue generated from his illegal websites offering access to the latest films and TV shows - many before general release.
During the six-year period he operated the racket, the partially-sighted loner claimed around £12,000 in state benefits.
Some £82,400 in cash was found hidden in the home where he lived with his parents when police searched the property in the Carnhill area of Derry.
Mahoney was sentenced at the city's Crown Court having pleaded guilty earlier this year to a series of offences, including conspiracy to defraud the film industry.
The investigation against Mahoney was led by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) in conjunction with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).