The FCC proposed fining a New York City resident for allegedly operating a radio transmitter on frequencies licensed to the New York Police Department (NYPD), causing interference with the NYPD’s radio system. Jay Peralta faces a proposed fine of $404,166 for the conduct.New Report Summarizes 2016 Nationwide EAS Test
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Peralta allegedly transmitted threatening messages directed at NYPD officers. The messages included false bomb threats and false officer-in-distress calls to NYPD dispatchers.
“The commission takes very seriously the unauthorized use of the radio systems used by first responders, as it can cause interference and may significantly harm the public by impairing the ability of legitimate users to communicate,” an FCC statement said.
The action is a result of an investigation that began in August 2016 when an FCC employee observed a Twitter post about an unlawful intrusion on the NYPD’s radio system. The NYPD provided the FCC with a written statement by Peralta, in police custody for related charges, in which he apparently acknowledged making nine unauthorized transmissions on the NYPD’s radio system.
The proposed fine details the FCC’s allegations of unlawful conduct and proposes the maximum monetary penalty permitted under the law. Peralta has 30 days to respond to this notice. According to his statement to the NYPD, on at least one occasion, Peralta apparently made unauthorized transmissions on the NYPD’s radio system to distract officers while his accomplices allegedly committed a robbery.
A copy of the proposed fine is available here.