Haitian National Police break up a major criminal phone piracy group.
On Thursday Digicel provided to the National Council of Communications (CONATEL) and the PNH’s Anti-Telecommunication Fraud (ATF) unit, information on phone numbers suspected of circumventing normal communications carriers, avoiding communications charges; a form of piracy known as bypassing.
The PNH/ATF launched an investigation and located two operations in Fragneau Ville and Delmas 30.
Monday, officials from CONATEL accompanied four judges and police officers, carried out a raid on the two locations. They seized equipment typical of a bypassing operation Five arrests were made. Several arrest warrants are in process.
9 Simulation Boxes were seized along with 11 dish antennas, plus routers, power cells and regulators.
CONATEL estimates loss to carriers and the State to be over $750,000 [US] per month. Charles Gentile Vice President of Calldirek, a major Miami-based phone card operation, was arrested. Police are seeking others on an international basis.