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FCC proposes $400K fine for bomb threats made over NYPD radio

Greg Nash

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a $400,000 fine for a man who allegedly broadcast fake and threatening messages on the New York Police Department’s radio frequencies.

Jay Peralta is accused of transmitting fake bomb threats and calls about officers in distress, the FCC said. On at least one occasion, Peralta was allegedly trying to distract officers from a robbery being conducted by his accomplices, according to a statement he gave to the NYPD.

{mosads}”Mr. Peralta’s nine unauthorized and interfering transmissions involved false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls from purported NYPD officers, and threats against NYPD officers,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. 

“These transmissions were malicious and egregious actions that could have caused substantial and widespread harm.”

Peralta is currently being held in jail on charges stemming from the incidents, which occurred last year.

The fine, which totals $404,166, is the largest the FCC can impose for the type of violation.

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