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Illinois Man Fined For Piggybacking on WiFi Service

Antone Gonsalves (
Sun, 26 Mar 2006 15:57:49 -0600

By Antone Gonsalves

In Illinois, riding piggyback on someone else's Wi-Fi could cost you
some money.

David M. Kauchak, 32, pleaded guilty this week in Winnebago County to
remotely accessing someone else's computer system without permission,
the Rockford Register Star newspaper reported. A Winnebago County
judge fined Kauchak $250 and sentenced him to one year of court

Kauchak has the dubious distinction of being the first person to face
the charge in Winnebago County, and prosecutors say they're taking the
crime seriously.

"We just want to get the word out that it is a crime. We are
prosecuting it, and people need to take precautions," Assistant
State's Attorney Tom Wartowski told the newspaper.

A police officer arrested Kauchak in January after spotting him
sitting in a parked car with a computer. A chat with the suspect led
to the arrest, Wartowski said.

Copyright 2006 CMP Media LLC.

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