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MI man actually convicted of bandwidth theft

Michigan man dodges prison in theft of Wi-Fi

40 hrs of community service and a couple hundred bucks seems pretty steep, until you here the maximum.

"This is the first time that we've actually charged it," Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Hopkins said, adding that "we'd been hoping to dodge this bullet for a while."

However, Peterson won't be going to prison for piggybacking. Because he has no prior record, Peterson will have to pay a $400 fine, do 40 hours of community service and enroll in the county's diversion program.