Originally Posted by wajo Here's one:
"Howard B. Merker, deputy state's attorney for Baltimore County, said yesterday that Comcast did the groundwork for about 75 theft cases that have been already been prosecuted by his office under a new state cable-theft law that took effect Oct. 1."
Huh? What does any of this have to do with the original OP’s case?
What did the folks do to get prosecuted?
1) Did they climb a pole and physically attach the coax?
2) Did they physically remove any traps from a lock-box?
3) Did they connect an illegal set-top-box to their line?
4) Did they fraudulently set-up an account?
5) Did the receive cable from someone else’s account?
Of course you can get convicted for doing any of the above. However the OP did NOTHING ILLEGAL. The OP simply downgraded his service and gave back his set-top-box. Again, the OP NOTIFIED the cable co to downgrade his service, he did not tamper with anything and did not give any fraudulent information.
You have failed to show even one single conviction for someone who downgraded his service by notification, gave back the cable-box and did not tamper with any traps.
If the cable co audits the OP – he will have a choice of A) start paying to keep receiving the channels or B) let the cable co disconnect/trap the channels he is not subscribed to. If the cable chooses to do nothing – then they cannot have him prosecuted for some make believe crime. What’s so hard to understand here?
I’m still waiting to see a documented conviction for someone who is a subscriber under his real name and address, did not give any fraudulent info, downgraded his service, gave back his cable box and did not tamper with any gear.