FCC Cracks Down on Radio Piracy, Issuing Hefty Fines

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against Gerlens Cesar of Boston, Massachusetts for operating a pirate radio station. Over multiple years, Mr. Cesar simulcast programming on multiple unauthorized transmitters on two different frequencies in and around Boston and was warned repeatedly that his conduct apparently violated the Communications Act. For his continued violation of the Act, the FCC proposed a monetary forfeiture of $453,015, the maximum permitted by statute and the largest fine ever proposed by the FCC against a pirate radio operator.

In another case, the FCC has proposed a fine of $151,005 against Acerome Jean Charles for operating an unauthorized radio station in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston. Mr. Jean Charles had been warned repeatedly that his conduct apparently violated the Communications Act, yet, he persisted in operating the pirate station.

Category: Enforcement Corner