New Jersey YouTuber Omi in a Hellcat has been arrested by the FBI.
He is charged in one of the largest illegal TV pirating rings ever.
Omi in a Hellcat is best known for his high-end luxury vehicles collection. The feds are charging him with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, tax evasion and fraud for his illegal websites.
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Jesse Gonzales and Michael Barone have also been charged.
Feds say the trio ran an illegal streaming service from 2016 to 2019 — Reboot, Gears TV, Reloaded and Gears Reloaded — giving subscribers all-inclusive access to content from the likes of Comcast, Verizon FiOS, and DirectTV, HBO and others for as low as $15 a month.
They allegedly made over $30 million in subscription fees and tried to hide their cash in various apps and bank accounts.
“They came back for things they alleged I did. The copyright infringement. I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, obviously,” Omi told FOX 29 a day after his arrest. “We’re going to have our day in court now.”
“I found a loophole, I ran through it and I did great. There are other colleagues in the same business I was in and they never got in trouble with the FBI,” he told FOX 29.
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