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Breaking Bad police officer who has the mastermind behind the drug racket gets an extra 12 months for pirate TV

A Breaking Bad-style police officer who invented a drug racket has received an additional year of imprisonment for defrauding pirate TV set-top boxes costing paid channels up to £ 5 million.

PC Daniel Aimson, 39, used his scam to live a lavish lifestyle with wife Rachel, 31, including eating £ 500 meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and enjoying luxury vacations abroad.

The former Greater Manchester Police officer made over £ 655,000 from selling IPTV or Zgemma boxes through eBay, YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

PC Daniel Aimson, 39, used his scam to live a lavish lifestyle with wife Rachel (pictured together), 31, including eating £ 500 meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and had a luxury break

PC Daniel Aimson, 39, used his scam to live a lavish lifestyle with wife Rachel (pictured together), 31, including eating £ 500 meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and had a luxury break

At least half of the boxes he supplied were preloaded with black market software so consumers could watch sports events on Sky Sports and BT Sports, plus the latest popular TV shows and movies at great prices.

For a period of 14 months, he accepted payments through Paypal and at one point was even allowed to use a Barclaycard application for transactions.

The racket was crushed after Aimson was detained and suspended from work, and his belongings were confiscated from his run of a large-scale drug trafficking racket inspired by the TV crime drama Breaking Bad.

The former officer was accused of copying the show’s storylines to grow two hemp farms.

The former Greater Manchester Police officer (pictured at his wedding) made over £ 655,000 from selling IPTV or Zgemma boxes through eBay, YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

The former Greater Manchester Police officer (pictured at his wedding) made over £ 655,000 from selling IPTV or Zgemma boxes through eBay, YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

The former Greater Manchester Police officer (pictured at his wedding) made over £ 655,000 from selling IPTV or Zgemma boxes through eBay, YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Investigators from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) purchased a sample IPTV box through his firm A1mson Ltd and discovered that he set up an account in Rachel’s name and used his mother and sister’s bank accounts to launder money.

Investigations revealed that he had paid £ 540 over dinner at the three Michelin star Alain Ducasse French restaurant at The Dorchester hotel in Mayfair, London.

He also spent nearly £ 800 on a meal and a ‘gourmet break’ for himself and Rachel at the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor Hotel and Restaurant in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Sky TV later said the racket had cost up to £ 5 million in lost subscriptions to the pay-per-view service.

The racket was crushed after Aimson (photo) was detained and suspended from work and his belongings were confiscated from his run of a large-scale drug trafficking racket

The racket was crushed after Aimson (photo) was detained and suspended from work and his belongings were confiscated from his run of a large-scale drug trafficking racket

The racket was crushed after Aimson (photo) was detained and suspended from work and his belongings were confiscated from his run of a large-scale drug trafficking racket

But Manchester Crown Court heard that the loss was more likely to be £ 500,000 because of questions about whether consumers who bought the boxes for around £ 60 could access the pirated software.

Aimson, who has already served a six-year prison sentence for drug offenses and public office misconduct, admitted he had conned conspiracy.

His last trajectory runs consecutively to a prison term of six years and four months, which he already serves for drug offenses and misconduct in public office.

Rachel, of Leigh, was charged with money laundering, but the charges were allowed to remain on file after denying denial. The couple is now separated.

Aimson, who has already served a six-year prison sentence for drug offenses and public office misconduct, admitted he had conned conspiracy. Rachel, from Leigh, was charged with money laundering, but charges were allowed to remain on file after denying denial

Aimson, who has already served a six-year prison sentence for drug offenses and public office misconduct, admitted he had conned conspiracy. Rachel, from Leigh, was charged with money laundering, but charges were allowed to remain on file after denying denial

Aimson, who has already served a six-year prison sentence for drug offenses and public office misconduct, admitted he had conned conspiracy. Rachel, from Leigh, was charged with money laundering, but charges were allowed to remain on file after denying denial

The racket was crushed after Aimson was detained and suspended from work, and his belongings were confiscated from his run of a large-scale drug trafficking racket inspired by the TV crime drama Breaking Bad (photo)

The racket was crushed after Aimson was detained and suspended from work, and his belongings were confiscated from his run of a large-scale drug trafficking racket inspired by the TV crime drama Breaking Bad (photo)

The racket was crushed after Aimson was detained and suspended from work, and his belongings were confiscated from his run of a large-scale drug trafficking racket inspired by the TV crime drama Breaking Bad (photo)

Judge Elizabeth Nicholls sentenced to Aimson: “It is correct to say that those IPTV boxes have legitimate uses, but with the right software, they can give customers illegal access to subscription channels.

“You have robbed a number of companies of their legal revenues and their consequences for the economy as a whole.

“This was a sophisticated operation and you sold the boxes online through a number of websites.

“It was very difficult to estimate the actual loss for these companies, but you were the brains behind this business and exploited it at a time when you were investigated and released on bail.

“None of the people you targeted were vulnerable victims, yet you played a leading role and there must have been proper planning.”

Aimson was fired from the Greater Manchester Police in 2017.

Martyn Foster, 39, of Atherton, Manchester, who acted as Aimson’s ‘paid employee’, will be sentenced later this month for the uproar.

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