Dish Wins Nearly $2 Million Judgment In Fraudulent-Retailer Case

Dish Network obtained what adds up to nearly $2 million in a judgment and restitution stemming from a retailer-fraud case, company officials said Monday.

The satellite provider received $1.24 million in civil restitution against former retailer Satellites & More. In the civil suit, Dish Network had alleged that Joseph Masek, by and through Satellites & More, falsified information to illegally obtain new-customer account incentives.

Based on the fraud, the United States Attorney’s Office in Colorado filed criminal charges against Masek, who pled guilty to a wire-fraud charge. Last Friday, he was sentenced to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of probation, and was ordered to pay an additional $663,000 in restitution to Dish Network.

“Dish Network will not tolerate any forms of retailer fraud and will continue to aggressively pursue and take action against retailers and other parties engaging in fraud,” Jeff Blum, Dish’s vice president and associate general counsel, said in a prepared statement.