DISH Network Recovers Million Dollar Judgment Against Fraudulent Retailer
Retailer Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison
Englewood, CO – August 11, 2008 - DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) today announced that the company has obtained a significant financial recovery in a retailer fraud suit.
DISH Network received $1.24 million in civil restitution against former retailer Satellites & More. In the civil suit, DISH Network had alleged that Joseph Masek, by and through Satellites & More, falsified information to illegally obtain new customer account incentives.
Based on the fraud, the United States Attorney’s Office in Colorado filed criminal charges against Mr. Masek. He pled guilty to a wire fraud charge. On August 8, 2008, he was sentenced to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of probation, and was ordered to pay an additional $663,000 in restitution to DISH Network.
“DISH Network will not tolerate any forms of retailer fraud and will continue to aggressively pursue and take action against retailers and other parties engaging in fraud,” said Jeff Blum, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, DISH Network.
About DISH Network Corporation
DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the nation’s third largest pay-TV provider and the leader in digital television, provides approximately 13.79 million satellite TV customers as of June 30, 2008 with industry-leading customer satisfaction which has surpassed major cable TV providers for eight consecutive years. DISH Network also provides customers with award-winning HD and DVR technology including the ViP722™ HD DVR, which received the Editors’ Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. In addition, subscribers enjoy access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most International channels in the U.S., industry-leading Interactive TV applications, Latino programming, and the best sports and movies in HD. DISH Network offers a variety of package and price options including the lowest all-digital price in America, the DishDVR Advantage Package, high-speed Internet service, and a free upgrade to the best HD DVR in the industry. DISH Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 300 company. Visit www.dishnetwork.com/aboutus or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) for more information.