Alleged pay TV piracy syndicate members charged

Accused of selling cards which grant access to pay TV networks without a subscription.

Two Sydney men accused of being members of an alleged syndicate producing illegal pay TV cards will face court today.

The cards, known as 'smart' or 'gamma' cards, allow users to access both the Foxtel and Austar Pay TV networks without paying the subscription fee.

The two men have been charged with making and distributing unauthorised decoders and possessing property suspected to be proceeds of a crime.

In April, following a six month investigation, the Australian Federal Police seized hundreds of fake pay TV encryption cards and set-top decoders in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Two Victorian men have already been charged.

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