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Spy bug fine
Ofcom has successfully prosecuted a Leicestershire businessman who made and sold illegal ‘bugging’ devices.
Umesh Bharakhada, 43, was fined £4,200 and ordered to pay £6,000 in legal costs when he appeared before Leicester Magistrates Court yesterday.
The tiny bugging devices were designed to be hidden in everyday items.
But they’re banned because they interfere with frequencies used by planes to talk to air traffic control.
Small bugs have been known to cause interference to aircraft flying as high as 22,000 ft.
The listening equipment was initially found for sale on two websites.
Ofcom investigators were then able to trace the bugs back to Bharakada's home at Syston, Leicestershire, from where he runs his business Leicester Surveillance Ltd.
It’s the second time Bharakada has been caught making and selling illegal listening equipment.
In 2003 he was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 costs for similar offences.