3 NC Men Plead Guilty To Faking Distress Calls

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Three men have pleaded guilty to making false distress calls to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Saturday that 25-year-old Jeremy Fisher of Holly Ridge made at least 22 fake calls to the Coast Guard in 2007 and 2008.

The Coast Guard said 22-year-old William Yates of Sneads Ferry and 21-year-old Steven Medina of Onslow County each pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting false distress messages.

According to their plea agreements, each man will pay the Coast Guard for the cost of deploying search and rescue teams for the hoax calls.

Fisher agreed to pay $234,111, Medina will pay $233.48 and Yates will pay $506.80. The men will be sentenced later and could face jail time and additional fines.


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  • by USCG Vet Location: ENC on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    I used to be a Search & Rescue Controller (i.e. the one who sent the boats & helos). I spent MANY, MANY hours and $$$$ on fake SOS calls. I never did understand why anyone would do such a thing. Id.i.ots!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    No Brian, even if they get their money...it will never be fair. If I had my way, these guys would never see the light of day again. How many lives were lost due to Pedro being out looking for fake calls, while somebody was drowning and could have been saved? No, this can never be righted.
  • by 5696 on Mar 13, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    just a bunch of wontabes
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 13, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    You would think that a man that could afford to pay out $234,111.00 would have better things to do than act stupid by making fake calls.
  • by Brian on Mar 13, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    If the Coast Guard ever gets that money, I say it is fair, but I doubt they will.
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