By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The mastermind of a scam that cost Comcast Corpration more than $2.4 million has been sentenced to at least three years in state prison by a judge in Montgomery County.

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Prosecutors say Alston Buchanan employed more than two dozen people who would spread the word that, for an upfront payment, they could have their monthly Comcast bills reduced.

The 30-year-old Philadelphia man knew how to hack into the system and apply promo codes.  More than 5,700 accounts were affected.

Today, Buchanan was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison followed by seven years’ probation.

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“While he attempted to justify his crime, there’s no justification for hacking into a computer system you don’t own and causing such a large loss,” said Montgomery County prosecutor Jeremy Lupo.

Buchanan was also ordered to repay more than $600,000.

When he was arrested, police found ledgers with names, addresses, phone numbers, and account information, and more than $100,000 in cash.


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