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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:45 PM

FTC: “Nonprofit” crammed $70M in bogus charges on phone bills

A shady outfit billed phone customers for more than $70 million in unauthorized charges and then transferred much of the revenue to a "purported nonprofit," the Federal Trade Commission alleged in a lawsuit announced today.

"Hundreds of consumers complained that charges from $9.95 to $24.95 per month appeared out of the blue on their phone bills without their authorization," the FTC said. "The FTC alleged that defendants told phone companies and third-party 'billing aggregators' that the consumers had authorized the charges by filling out forms on the Internet. Since January 2008, according to the complaint, the defendants have billed consumers for more than $70 million."

It's a family-run affair. The nonprofit and the companies that allegedly orchestrated the charges are run by "Steven Sann, his wife Terry, son Nathan, and accountant Robert Braach" of Montana, an Associated Press report notes. The lawsuit in US District Court in Montana (PDF) was filed against those four people as well as nine Nevada-based companies with names like American eVoice, Emerica Media, Foneright, and Voice Mail Professionals.

The complaint says cramming charges showed up on landline phone bills as "voice mail services, electronic fax services, or other noncall-related services." The charges were passed on to customers of Verizon, AT&T, and Frontier through the aforementioned billing aggregators, which had business relationships with the phone providers.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/ftc-nonprofit-crammed-70m-in-bogus-charges-on-phone-bills/

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:49 PM

1. An unspecified amount of the revenue was transferred to Bibliologic, the "purported nonprofit,"

Who would have thunk a Right-Wing Bible thumping charity would be involved in theft and fraud?

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:50 PM

2. Another TeaBagging crook claiming family values, self reliance and personal freedom:

http://www.salmonlakeyouthcamp.com/tag/steve-sann/

Freedom Fest 2012
November 14, 2012 by Steve Sann ·
The SLYC team had the opportunity to travel from Missoula, MT to attend the 2012 Freedom Fest last summer in Las Vegas. FreedomFest is the premier conference where freedom lovers from around the world gather to “learn, network, discuss, debate and celebrate liberty – or what’s left of it!” This proved a great opportunity to share the Salmon Lake Youth Camp message to an audience who values self reliance and personal freedom as much as us. Being surrounded with such notable free thinkers helped to reassure our efforts, and the encouraging discussions and questions were a reflection of growing supporters. All of us at SLYC look forward to attending next summer’s conference and sharing this year’s progress from Salmon Lake Youth Camp.

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:39 PM

3. It's ALWAYS the same with these fucks

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