Benjamin Leroy Carter once ran a station in Orlando, Florida. After “complaints from residents and broadcasters…of interference to the reception of licensed radio broadcast stations,” the FCC swooped in. The good news is it took nearly four years for the agency to follow through.
The actual sentence – after pleading guilty to seven counts of unlicensed broadcasting – was 18 months’ probation (of which four are home detention) and 50 hours of community service. Sounds like the FCC didn’t think they’d be able to squeeze dough out of Carter, who becomes (to our knowledge) the second microbroadcaster to be criminally convicted and sentenced for broadcasting without a license.