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Cable company CEO charged with stealing service from Mediacom

Kraig Beahn intended to broker a deal with WG&L for residential Internet and TV service before the deal fell through last year.

— The man who was once poised to challenge Mediacom's status as the lone provider of cable T.V. service in Albany has been arrested and charged with stealing high-speed Internet and T.V. service from the company, police officials say.

Kraig Beahn, CEO of L2Networks, was released on a $10,000 bond from the Dougherty County Jail Thursday, jail officials say. He was charged with one felony count of theft of Services.

Capt. James Sexton, of the Dougherty County Police Department, says that a warrant was made against Beahn after a representative from Mediacom told police on Dec. 15 that someone had tampered with a cable box on a pole on the 600 block of McCollum Drive.

"The officer went out there and met with a Mediacom representative who reported theft of cable phone service and high speed Internet service," Sexton said. "Mediacom said that L2 had tapped into a Mediacom outlet and had to wired it to a modem and to a box that converts the signal to a fiberoptic line, and the fiber line was providing service to a (nearby) business on McCollum that was serviced by L2."

"We began to look into that, and my detective determined that it was in fact the case, that all of that had been installed without Mediacom's consent or knowledge, and I believe it also showed that the modem belonged to Mediacom and was intended for residential service," Sexton said.

Beahn and L2Networks were granted a franchise agreement to provide high-speed Internet access and Video-Over-Internet Service by the Albany City Commission in 2010. That agreement came after Beahn and the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission partnered to explore providing a residential alternative to Mediacom.

Currently, L2Networks provides phone service for the city of Albany -- something that may or may not continue in light of Beahn's arrest, City Manager James Taylor said.

"We're aware of it, we're making some contingency plans should this adversely affect his ability to provide our service," Taylor said.

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Albanite 2 years, 7 months ago

Go for a trial and jury nullification. Every mediacom customer knows who the real thief is.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 7 months ago

Folks, you can't make this stuff up!

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VSU 2 years, 7 months ago

HA! HA! HA! This story is as funny as H#LL! Everybody else is stealing cable, so why not?

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Amazed2 2 years, 7 months ago

Well just another SCAMMY Day here in the GOOD LIFE CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Martian 2 years, 7 months ago

Didn't realize Mediacom had anything worth stealing.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

I think this guy went to VSU......

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VSU 2 years, 7 months ago

That's why you don't get paid to think Coach. Actually he went to ASU! Only dumb people go to ASU.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

its true, you guys cheated together at VSU......

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 7 months ago

This is so wrong in so many different ways that it's funny ...

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Want to bet discovering this made their day for some MediaCom Execs. You have got to ask the perverbial question "Just what was he thinking?"

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bubbavet 2 years, 7 months ago

DISH NETWORK $50.WINDSTREAM $45. NO MEDIACOM "PRICELESS"

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Amazed2 2 years, 7 months ago

This is an example of when smart people begin to think they are smarter than everyone else. With stuff from DCSS Cheating, DCSS Lunch Fraud, DCED Evaporatin Money, Downtown Managers (Don Buie) and the Facade Grants and now Cable theft from MEdiacom I think Albany may have found its call to FAME. Mayor Hubbard should contact a Reality TV Producer and get a weekly show for the Good Life City. What we have going on her is worth Million of Dollars to the intertainment networks. Ain't nobody got nothing in this regard on Albany. Ex-Mayor Willie Adams could serve as the host. Albany/Dougerty County could solve old #34's Nine Million Dollar Budget Deficit with a Reality Show.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

GREAT idea just one problem. Do you honestly think a TV executive would believe this much Bull Stuff could happen in one town? But I did hear there is a new network coming called Bounce. Maybe they could call the show “Following the Bounces of Albany”

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Amazed2 2 years, 7 months ago

Abytaxpayer, Good point!! If I did not live here I would think the news media was making this stuff up!!! All I can say the stuff that goes on here in ALbany is better than most of the "Dumb Crook" and "Repo Man" type programs on TruTV.

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southwestga 2 years, 7 months ago

He's a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Too bad we don't have local grads with the expertise to set up telecommunications networks.

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AnObserver 2 years, 7 months ago

This is ridiculous. I've known Kraig Beahn for several years. He's intelligent and honest and doesn't do dumb stuff like steal cable service. He's not a criminal and I seriously doubt he tried to steal/tap MediaCom's sh!tty internet service. The idiots MediaCom hires and the Albany police don't know there a$$e$ from a hole in the ground, much less understand networks. They found some box that is connected to MediaCom and L2's fiber and came up with a scenario where L2 is stealing from MediaCom. Yeah, right! If anything it's the other way around. Think about it folks. Anybody who has had cable in Albany knows what cr4p MediaCom sells for high speed internet. This guy has built a blazingly fast fiber optic network that blows the doors off anything MediaCom has to offer. There is no logic, no motive, no sense in any way, shape or form that would explain how Kraig Beahn would connect his high-speed fiber network to MediaCom's slow cr4ppy network for the purpose of stealing service. It just plain defies reason. Since L2Network's fiber is in the gigabit speed range and MediaCom's unreliable copper network is not, it would be a huge downgrade to tap into MediaCom. It would be like off-roading in a Mercedes Brabus 800E. It would be like NASA launching a space telescope strapped to a bottle rocket. L2 uses carrier-grade commercial network equipment. They don't use some little box and some cables to connect their customers to the internet by tapping into MediaCom. That's no way to do business and that's not what Kraig Beahn did. Kraig has been dealt a number of poor hands due to bad business partners and shady characters at Water Gas & Light who favor under-the-table deals with friends and relatives. The City of Albany has not been helpful either. They blocked his efforts to build a fiber network that would benefit every consumer in Albany and would offer needed competition to MediaCom. It is far, far more likely that the real criminals here are some one at Water Gas & Light, or some one who knows networks and routers and how to tap cable service, or some one working for MediaCom.

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dothanautigers 2 years, 7 months ago

This guy is a snake in the grass. He does this pretty much every where he goes. He was arrested in Dothan for the same thing 3 years ago. http://www2.dothaneagle.com/news/2009/jul/08/jail_docket27-ar-193019/

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