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                         Before the
              Federal Communications Commission
                   Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of                        )
                              )
Richard E. LaPierre                )    File Number EB-00-
BS-212
Seabrook, New Hampshire            )    NAL/Acct. No. 
X32260001


                MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

     Adopted: April 10, 2001                 Released: April 
12, 2001

By the Chief, Enforcement Bureau:
                               
     1.   In this Memorandum  Opinion and Order (``Order''), 
we  affirm  a monetary  forfeiture  in  the amount  of  four 
thousand  dollars  ($4,000) that  we  issued  to Richard  E. 
LaPierre1  for willfully  and  repeatedly violating  Section 
1.89(b) of  the Commission's Rules (``Rules'').2   The noted 
violations involve Mr. LaPierre's failure to respond to four 
written  Commission  inquiries  regarding his  marine  radio 
station.

     2.   Mr.  LaPierre  submitted  U.S. and  New  Hampshire 
Individual and  Sole Proprietorship  tax returns  to support 
his  contention  that  the  $4,000  forfeiture  would  cause 
``unfair hardship'' to his  family.  Mr. LaPierre's combined 
gross income  and gross sales  amounted to $178,947  in 1999 
and  $179,048  in  1998.    After  reviewing  his  financial 
documentation,  we  find  that   the  $4,000  forfeiture  is 
reasonable given his gross income and gross sales.3  

     3.   Accordingly, IT  IS ORDERED  THAT, payment  of the 
forfeiture  shall be  made  in the  manner  provided for  in 
Section 1.80 of the Rules,4 within 30 days of the release of 
this Order.  If the forfeiture is not paid within the period 
specified, the  case may  be referred  to the  Department of 
Justice  for collection  pursuant to  Section 504(a)  of the 
Communications  Act of  1934, as  amended.5  Payment  may be 
made by  mailing a check  or similar instrument,  payable to 
the order  of the ``Federal Communications  Commission,'' to 
the  Federal  Communications  Commission,  P.O.  Box  73482, 
Chicago, Illinois  60673-7482.  The payment should  note the 
NAL/Acct. No. X32260001 referenced above.  Requests for full 
payment under an installment plan  should be sent to: Chief, 
Revenue and  Receivables Operations Group, 445  12th Street, 
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.6

     4.   IT IS  FURTHER ORDERED that  a copy of  this Order 
shall be sent by Certified  Mail Return Receipt Requested to 
Richard  E.  LaPierre,  6 Zagarella  Circle,  Seabrook,  New 
Hampshire 03874.


                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
     


                         David H. Solomon
                         Chief, Enforcement Bureau
_________________________

     1 Richard E. LaPierre, 15 FCC Rcd 23525 (Enf. Bur. 
2000). 

     2 47 C.F.R.  1.89(b).

     3 See PJB Communications, 7 FCC Rcd 2088 (1992).
      
     4 47 C.F.R.  1.80.

     5 47 U.S.C.  504(a).

     6 See 47 C.F.R.  1.1914.