Belfast Telegraph

Film piracy scam man's £82k seized

By George Jackson

A judge has granted an application for the forfeiture of more than £80,000 in cash found in the home of a man due to be sentenced in two weeks' time for internet film piracy offences.

At a hearing before the Crown Court in Londonderry on Tuesday, Paul Mahoney (30), who is legally blind, admitted running the multi-million pound piracy operation from the bedroom of his home in the Creggan over a five-year period, starting in April 2008.

Tuesday's court hearing was told that Mahoney made a clear profit of £280,000 over the five years of his offending and that when the police searched his home in May 2011 following a tip-off they found £82,390 in cash in bundles in various locations in his house. District Judge Barney McElholm granted the unopposed application by the PSNI for the forfeiture of the money.

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