Fort Lauderdale Business Owner Slapped with $20,000 Pirate Fine
March 7, 2011
Whisler Fleurinor received the $20K FCC fine for operating an unlicensed radio transmitter at his commercial property in Fort Lauderdale. On March 16 and August 24, 2010, in response to complaints about an unlicensed station on 99.5 MHz, agents from the Enforcement Bureau’s Miami Office used direction-finding techniques to locate the source of radio frequency transmissions on the frequency. They wound up at a commercial property owned by Fleurinor. FCC agents determined the signals from Fleurinor’s building exceeded the limits for operation and therefore required a license. A review of Commission records showed that no authorization was issued to Mr. Fleurinor, or to anyone for any operation of an FM broadcast station on this frequency, at or near this address.
On August 24, 2010, the agents inspected the unlicensed station. Fleurinor showed the agents his antenna and transmitter, admitted that the equipment was his, and then turned off the transmitter. Prior to leaving the property, the agents issued an on-scene Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Fleurinor, which he signed acknowledging that he was in receipt of the NOUO. The NOUO warned that operation of an unlicensed station violated the Act and the Rules and could result in further enforcement action.
On August 31, 2010, agents again used direction-finding techniques to locate the source of radio frequency transmissions at 99.5 MHz to Fleurinor’s commercial property in Fort Lauderdale. Again agents determined the signals exceeded the limits for operation and therefore required a license.
Despite having acknowledged receipt of both NOUOs, Fleurinor continued to operate an unlicensed radio station on 99.5 MHz from his property. The fact that Fleurinor continued to operate with full knowledge that such activity violated the Act and the Rules demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the Commission’s requirements. That's the reason for the $20K fine. Normally, the fine would have been $10K.
(2/25/2012 12:53:28 PM) |
I believe he had the initial fine reduced to $500 because he was unable to pay. The problem is he continued to operate the station. Therefore the hefty second fine. Basically he did not learn the first time.
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