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Putting the hex on radio hoaxers

Jan 1, 2003

PUTTING THE HEX on radio hoaxers. A 41-year-old Michigan man was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $6,000 in fines by a Federal judge recently after he was convicted of transmitting a false distress signal to the Coast Guard. The man was also hit with an $8,000 civil penalty by the Federal Communications Commission.

Officials reported the 41-year-old man was apprehended after his VHF radio signal was tracked by a helicopter. He was found to have transmitted false distress messages on two consecutive days on waters near Detroit.