DADE CITY — Eddy G. Reyes, who was accused of swindling a woman out of $2,500 after promising her free satellite television for life, has been sentenced to a year of probation and must repay the money.
Reyes, 38, pleaded no contest last month to unauthorized reception of communication services.
Sheriff's investigators said Reyes, who owned the former Tropical Breeze restaurant downtown, also had a side business selling satellite TV boxes that had been hacked. Two weeks after selling a woman one in March 2008, the device stopped working. The Sheriff's Office said that was because the satellite company blocked the signal after it detected pirating equipment.
Tropical Breeze closed down not long after Reyes' arrest and has since reopened under different owners and a different name.