National Socialist Behind “Racist Robocalls” Faces $12.9M Fine from FCC
A National Socialist propagandist could be fined nearly $13 million for sending out "racist" robocalls across America.
The Federal Communications Commission said Scott Rhodes, who now lives in Montana, made robocalls that "targeted specific communities with the intent to cause harm" in 2018, the Guardian reported.
Among the calls Rhodes made were robocalls that targeted an Iowa community grappling with the recent murder of a local woman by an illegal alien to promote White nationalism, talking of a brown horde of immigrants.
In Virginia, he sought to influence jurors in the trial of James Fields, who was convicted of murdering Heather Heyer after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
And in Georgia, racist and antisemitic calls pretended to come from Oprah Winfrey.
The agency said the "calls used an online calling platform that intentionally manipulates caller ID information so that the calls he was making appeared to come from local numbers," which is a violation of the 2009 Truth in Caller ID Act.
The $12.9 million fine proposed is the highest that the FCC can impose, the agency said in a release. Rhodes has the opportunity to respond with legal arguments challenging the fine.