Prisoners Run Crime Ops Via PlayStation
Console used to pass messages, charge cell phones: UK watchdog
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 13, 2009 8:29 PM CDT
Prisoners with access to PlayStations have used them to pass on orders and recharge illegally kept phone, a UK crime agency says.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Organized criminals use PlayStation and interactive games to pass on orders while behind bars, says a British agency monitoring 5,000 global crime lords. The masterminds also charge illegally kept cell phones through the gaming console. A prison spokesman refuted the charge, saying that only older versions of such devices—sans wireless technology—are permitted, the Times of London reports.

"A decision was taken some years ago that the then-current generation of games consoles should be barred," the spokesman added, "because the capability to send or receive radio signals is an integral part of the equipment."