Another Florida Pirate Fine Slashed
Whisler Fleurinor must write a good appeal letter. He just convinced
the FCC to reduce his fine in a pirate case from $20,000 to $500.
It’s the second case within a few days in which the FCC agreed to
dramatic reductions of fines against operators of illegal stations in Florida.
Dennis P. Carlton, regional
director of the South Central region of the Enforcement Bureau, said Whisler
Fleurinor must pay $500 for operating an unlicensed transmitter on 99.5 MHz
from his commercial property in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
As RW reported earlier, the FCC this spring
proposed to fine Fleurinor $20,000, twice the usual amount, because of repeat
offenses and because he allegedly had turned his transmitter back on, even
after being visited by FCC agents and receiving a notice. The FCC wrote at the
time that Fleurinor also had been issued a notice in 2008 in yet another instance
of unlicensed operation. “The fact that Mr. Fleurinor continued to operate with
full knowledge that such activity violated the … rules demonstrates a
deliberate disregard for the commission’s requirements,” it wrote then.
Fleurinor appealed, saying the $20,000 fine “would create an impossible burden
… to bear or satisfy.”The
commission now has accepted his evidence of inability to pay, and reduced the
fine from $20,000 to $500. The reduction, it made clear, was based “solely on
his documented inability to pay.”
In a separate case, the FCC recently reduced a $10,000 fine against
another Florida man to $250.
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