Cricket Communications, a low-cost brand of AT&T as of March 2014, has agreed to pay over $2.1 million to settle allegations that the company “overcharged federal law enforcement agencies for the costs of carrying out court-ordered wiretaps and pen registers,” federal authorities announced on Monday.
Telecom firms are able to charge the government for wiretaps and pen registers, a technique that gives up revealing metadata to law enforcement.
“A joint investigation by the Office of Inspector General and the US Attorney’s Office revealed that Cricket overcharged federal law enforcement agencies for executing wiretaps and pen registers from 2007 until Cricket lowered its fees in 2010,” the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California said in a press release. Prosecutors did not ultimately file a civil suit.
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