Repeat Pirate Fined $25,000
The FCC fined Gary Feldman $25,000 for operating a pirate station in Miami.
Responding to a complaint, agents from the Enforcement Bureau’s Miami office traced the source of an unauthorized signal on 99.7 MHz to an FM antenna mounted on Feldman’s residence, in both 2011 and 2012.
While monitoring the station, agents heard the name of a website aired: “hot977fmmiami.com.” The FCC says Feldman registered the domain name of the site.
During an inspection last year, Feldman admitted he operated the station, according to the agency, which adds he didn’t relinquish or destroy his equipment and was warned to stop broadcasting. The commission warned Feldman that operating an unlicensed station violated FCC rules and he could face further enforcement action.
Later last year, agents figured out Feldman “attempted to evade detection” by moving his unlicensed operation to a commercial building he owns in Miami, according to the decision out today.
The commission also found Feldman was issued a $10,000 fine for operating a pirate station in Fort Myers; that case was turned over to the DOJ for collection and the money remains unpaid.
That’s why the agency increased the latest fine to $25,000 and warned him in its latest decision he may face larger fines, criminal prosecution and equipment seizure. Feldman has 30 days to appeal or pay.