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English citations of telefelony

Noun: "criminal action involving telecommunications technology, such as cable theft, telephone fraud, etc."[edit]

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  • 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.
  • 1995 — Tim Anderson, "Thou Shalt Not Steal Television: Signal Theft in the Age of Information", Velvet Light Trap, 22 September 1995:
    Yet despite legislation in many states designating these practices as crimes involving telecommunications property ("telefelonies," as one Showtime official has asserted), []
  • 1997 — Mary Gooderham, "At war with 'telefelony'", The Globe and Mail, 21 October 1997:
    But to Mr. Jones, they are all grist for software that he is developing to combat what he calls "telefelony."