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California man gets 30 months for mayday hoaxes

A judge sentenced a 53-year-old Southern California man this week to 30 months in federal prison for making a series of hoax distress signals. He was convicted of doing the same thing in 2004.

The court found that Thorsted broadcast 51 false distress messages over six months, costing the Coast Guard $102,000 in search and related costs, federal prosecutors said.

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