Northeast Times

NE cop charged in cable TV scam

A Phil­adelphia patrol of­ficer as­signed to the North­east was ar­res­ted last Thursday for his al­leged in­volve­ment in a scheme to hack in­to Com­cast’s com­puter sys­tem and so­li­cit fees from cable cus­tom­ers in ex­change for adding premi­um chan­nels to their ser­vice or re­du­cing their monthly bills.

John Hoesle, 42, was as­signed to the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, but has been sus­pen­ded from the force and will be fired, Com­mis­sion­er Charles Ram­sey said. Hoesle is a 15-year vet­er­an of the po­lice de­part­ment.

Hoesle was charged in Mont­gomery County with 101 counts, in­clud­ing theft, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, con­spir­acy and re­lated of­fenses.

The Mont­gomery County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice iden­ti­fied Hoesle as one of 17 “agents” who al­legedly so­li­cited $150 pay­ments from le­git­im­ate Com­cast cus­tom­ers in ex­change for im­prov­ing their ser­vice or re­du­cing their bills.

An­oth­er con­spir­at­or, Al­ston Buchanan, 28, al­legedly used le­git­im­ate Com­cast em­ploy­ee user­names and pass­words to ac­cess the cable com­pany’s cus­tom­er ac­counts. 

Ac­cord­ing to char­ging doc­u­ments, the con­spir­at­ors fraud­u­lently mod­i­fied 5,795 ac­counts from April 2011 to April 2012 and de­prived Com­cast of $2.4 mil­lion in cus­tom­er pay­ments. ••

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