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FCC Finalizes Another $25,000 Fine for Pirate

This time, the penalty is for not allowing FCC inspections

The FCC has reaffirmed another $25,000 fine against Gabriel Garcia, this time for not allowing a commission inspection of various unlicensed radio stations in the San Jose area.

In May 2011, the Enforcement Bureau’s San Francisco office originally issued the penalty because it said Garcia was operating pirate stations on several FM frequencies.

The commission said this week Garcia didn’t respond to the notice, so the fine has now progressed into a Notice of Forfeiture and Garcia has 30 days to pay or the case may be referred to the Justice Department for collection.

We recently reported the commission finalized a separate $25,000 fine against Garcia for operating illegal stations on three frequencies in the San Jose market and apparently interfering with the Aviation Radio Services band.