Omi in a Hellcat, a popular YouTuber, has been charged in a $30 million TV pirate scheme
The 34-year-old Bill Omar Carrasquillo, is charged with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, tax evasion, and fraud for his illegal online streaming service websites. He is popularly known to his over 800,000 Youtube fans as Omi in a Hellcat for his high-end luxury vehicle collection.
Jesse Gonzales, 42, of Pico Rivera, California, and Michael Barone, 36, of Richmond Hill, New York, were also charged as co-conspirators.
According to the 69-page, 62-count indictment, the accomplices run an illegal streaming service called Reboot, Gears TV, Reloaded, and Gears Reloaded from 2016 to 2019 that provides subscribers all-inclusive access to content from Comcast, Verizon FiOS, DirectTV, HBO, and others for as cheap as $15 a month.
Prosecutors claim they amassed more than $30 million in subscription fees, which they attempted to conceal by transferring funds to numerous applications and bank accounts.
Carasquillo, who did a live-video of his arrest on Tuesday, claimed to have paid for all of the subscriptions and material services that he later transmitted to his thousands of subscribers.
Federal officials raided Carrasquillo’s residence in November 2019, seizing $35 million in assets as well as 57 luxury cars, including Lamborghinis, Bentleys, and Rolls-Royces.
“They came back for stuff they claimed I did,” says the narrator. The infringement of copyright. He told FOX 29 outside his home in Swedesboro, New Jersey, on Wednesday, barely a day after his arrest, “I didn’t think I was doing anything unlawful, obviously.” “We’re going to have our day in court now,” says the narrator.
“Ignorance is not a justification for the law,” he added, adding that he doesn’t believe he’s “completely innocent.”
“I discovered a gap, exploited it, and performed admirably. Other colleagues in the same line of work as myself have never had any issues with the FBI,” he told FOX 29.
“You can’t just go and monetize someone else’s copyrighted information with impunity,” Bradley S. Benavides, acting chief of the FBI’s Philadelphia office, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Theft is theft, and the FBI stands ready to intervene and shut you down if you knowingly take another party’s intellectual property,” he stated.
Omi in a Hellcat was arrested, along with three other participants, in the greatest illicit TV piracy ring ever.
Omi, along with three other accomplices, has been captured in a Hellcat.