telefelony

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Etymology[edit]

tele- +‎ felony

Noun[edit]

telefelony (plural telefelonies)

  1. Criminal action involving telecommunications technology, such as cable theft, telephone fraud, etc.
    • 1984, "Big Cable-Theft Crackdown Promised", Miami Herald, 10 August 1984:
      "We mean business," Chuck Blaine, general manager of Group W Cable in West Palm Beach, said at an elaborate press conference staged to publicize the crackdown on what one cable official called "telefelonies" that cost the companies more than $11 million in revenue a year.

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