Student Avoids US Extradition

A student from Derbyshire has paid US authorities £20,000 to avoid being extradtied to the US accused of illegally setting up a film sharing website.

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Derbyshire student pays US authorities £20k to avoid extradition

Richard O'Dwyer will pay £20,000 to US authorities Credit: PA

A student who ran a website where users could stream pirated films has "avoided a conviction" after paying £20,000 to US authorities, his lawyer has said.

Richard O'Dwyer, from Chesterfield, ran the TVShack website hosting links to pirated films and TV programmes.

But after a court hearing in New York, the 24-year-old avoided extradition and conviction by signing a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.

As a result he paid £20,000 to the authorities, representing the profits he made from TVShack between December 2007 and November 2009.

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