Saturday, August 2, 2014
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to three to six years in state prison for masterminding a scam that cost Comcast Corp. $2.4 million in lost revenue.
A judge sentenced 30-year-old Alston Buchanan on Friday in Montgomery County. He pleaded guilty in April.
Buchanan had compared himself to Robin Hood for sharing Comcast's corporate wealth with subscribers when he was arrested in 2012.
Authorities say Buchanan put together a group of people that swiped Comcast employees' identifications numbers and used them to apply discounts or additional services to Comcast subscriber accounts. Subscribers paid Buchanan's agents between $100 and $200.
Authorities say the scam involved 5,795 Comcast cable subscribers from Philadelphia and the suburbs.
Authorities say Buchanan made between $400,000 and $600,000 from the scam.