Julie Morris, 40, who lives on a private estate in Shirley, tried to make extra cash by selling pirate cable TV boxes from her home – cheating Virgin Media out of a whopping £7 million – all because she was "bored".Not greedy. Just bored. Really?
When the Advertiser paid Morris's house in Shirley Oaks Village a visit on Wednesday to get a comment from her, a workman who was laying a new wooden floor in her four-bedroom detached home told us she was out shopping.Clearly the justice system holds no terrors for her. And why should it?
The court heard the former estate agent illegally sold more than 1,000 decoders and hordes of pirate Nintendo DS video games via a website, which was run from her former home in Morris Close. She also sold instructions on how to avoid paying a subscription to Virgin Media and was only caught when trading standards officers accompanied by the police and special investigators from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) raided her home back on June 22, 2009 after an undercover operation online.Bang to rights!
In defence, her lawyer Craig Rush said the mother-of-three had undertook (sic) the venture because she was "bored".
He said: "She was bored and for her own self-worth needed her own source of money."And a legal source of money wouldn’t possibly do..?
Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Ainley told Morris: "There is no such thing as free cable television and you knew that."
Morris was handed a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years, given 250 hours of community service and ordered to pay £5,000 costs.That’ll teach her that crime doesn’t pay, won’t it?