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Federal Court Orders Civil Judgment Against Pirate

Federal Court Orders Civil Judgment Against Pirate

A federal judge in Florida said the federal government can collect a $10,000 fine against Richard Rowland for operating an unlicensed radio station. The civil judgment is the result of an investigation that began in May of 2000.
The commission’s Tampa field office received a complaint of an unlicensed broadcast station operating in the Longwood, Fla., area. Commission agents determined that Rowland operated an unlicensed radio station on 97.1 MHz from a Longwood, Fla. address in the year 2000. The government seized his equipment and the FCC Enforcement Bureau levied a $10,000 fine on Rowland.
After Rowland refused to pay, the FCC filed suit for collection through the United States Attorney’s Office.

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