PORTLAND — 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 3½ months he had already served while also ordering him to pay for the costs of a Coast Guard search following the false report.

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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.