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Sprint sued for allegedly overbilling for customer surveillance

By Paul Elias / Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:52 p.m. HST, Mar 03, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO » Federal officials have filed a lawsuit alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco alleges that the Sprint Corp. subsidiary collected unallowable expenses from the FBI and other government agencies while carrying out court-ordered wiretaps and other electronic intercepts of its customers.

Communication companies are allowed to recoup the cost of installing and maintaining wiretaps when courts order them to intercept customers' communications.

The Department of Justice claims in its lawsuit that Sprint also sought and received reimbursement for modifying its equipment and facilities to more efficiently intercept electronics communications. In 2006, the Federal Communications Commission prohibited carriers from passing on those expenses to the government.

A Sprint spokesman says the company denies the allegations.

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awahana wrote:
Had the toughest time porting my number out of Sprint.
They're playing games with the LNP regulation. Blocking you from an easy port out of their service.
Shame on Sprint. They need to put back the PCS in their original name.
Pretty C-r-a-p-p-y Service.
on March 3,2014 | 03:57PM
HD36 wrote:
Why can't they pass the cost of wiretapping to the government? Afterall, we are not communists here.
on March 3,2014 | 11:00PM
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