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Ex-Guardsman Sentenced for Hoax Call in Maine
01/24/2013 11:35 AM ET  

Federal prosecutors say Shane Coxon, 24, was sentenced to time already served, and ordered to pay restitution for the costs of a search, after he called in a hoax report of a distress flare sighting.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A federal judge has ordered a former U.S. Coast Guardsman to pay nearly $5,000 in restitution for calling in a hoax report of a distress flare being sighted off the Maine coast.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Portland said 24-year-old Shane Coxon was sentenced last Friday in federal court in Washington state to the 3-and-a-half months he had already served while also ordering him to pay for the costs of a Coast Guard search following the false report.

Court records show that Coxon was stationed at the Coast Guard base in South Portland in July 2010 when he called the guard's command center, provided a false name and reported a flare sighting off of Old Orchard Beach. A flare is a universally recognized marine distress signal.



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