Man arrested for owing Time Warner Cable almost up to $1m in bills
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a man who is accused of owing Time Warner Cable an amount of $927,318.79. Rishi Sharma, who is reported to have ties in Florida and the Czech Republic, was indicted in federal court last week. According to court Sharma would sign up for services with the cable television using a business name but would neglect to pay his bills. After services get cut off he would sign up again using a slightly different business name with a different tax identification number.
According to the FBI, there were at least 68 accounts with the Cable Tv company tied to Sharma in Cincinnati, Dayton, Springdale, Beavercreek and a few other locations in New York. The investigation was triggered when two Time Warner Cable investigators went to an office on Fifth Street in Downtown Cincinnati and found equipment tied to several accounts.
Investigators said many of the individual accounts could be tied together by listening to recorded phone calls. Agents said Sharma used fake names, but had a distinctive voice.
On Sept. 26, 2017, Sharma was arrested by the FBI upon returning to the United States on Delta flight originating from Amsterdam. Since that time, Sharma’s travel has been restricted by the courts.
He is next scheduled to appear in court in Cincinnati on Feb. 28.