Own the world's largest pirate radio station in U.S. history
Rayon Payne is known by many names. He was born on (November 7, 1974) in Guyana, South America, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Payne is most known for being the only man in U.S. history who was sent to prisons for masterminding the largest unlicensed radio network most commonly known as "pirate radio". The pirate radio station was known as 95live (95.9FM) in Orlando, Fl. Payne hosted a talk show called (Afternoon Crash) weekdays with Co- Host Maestro & Chaos, and longtime producer Micheal "Cheda" Rich. Due to the success of the radio show, 95live, and being an out spoken critic of local government, Payne became a target of Central Florida law enforcement agencies. In July 2000 he graced the cover of Orlando Weekly.
2000 Payne was placed on 10 years probation stemming from a plea to two felonies,
2000 Payne along with an associate was arrested when a radio bit went bad. Payne was charged with battery, robbery and three counts of false imprisonment. On Aug. 22, Payne accepted a plea bargain on a charge of first-degree misdemeanor battery. Judge Bob Wattles sentenced Payne to 30 hours community service, $450 in fines, and ordered that 95Live not play its tape of the Feb. 6 incident. Also Payne is getting more freedom than he bargained for. As part of the plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Bob Wattles ordered Orlando Police Dept. to return 95Live's radio equipment.
2001 Payne was arrested for sexual battery,
2002 Payne had a jury trial he was later found guilty and sentence to 10 years in prison, as well 10 years for violations of probations in the organized fraud case.
2003 Payne was removed from state prison by the Feds and indicted for his role in operating an unlicensed radio station. He pleaded to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 9 months in Federal prison to be served concurrent to his Florida state sentence. He appealed both of his state convictions which was affirmed on March 27, 2003.
Also in 2003 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed papers to have Payne removed from the United States to his country of birth, Guyana. Payne was ordered deported based on his (2) state convictions in Florida.
On October 29, 2006, Payne was arrested by the Winter Park Police Dept. for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The case was later dismissed the Court found the arrest to be baseless, and Payne was not a convicted felon.
On the 3rd day of February 2005, Circuit Judge John Marshall Kest overturned Payne's organized fraud convictions, and Payne later plead No Contest to (2) misdemeanors. This case was appealed because the original judge denied Payne's post conviction motion for relief until the Fifth District Court of Appeal ordered that Payne be granted a hearing. < 3.850 Motion > < Granted > < Appeal Ruling >
On May 5, 2005, the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration on their own motion overturned Payne's order of deportation and sent his case back to immigration court to vacate the order because Payne's prior Florida convictions were overturned and are no longer valid. < Appeal Ruling >