Peer Review Reports

09/21/2016
Peer Review Report of FCC's Inspector General Audit Organization
PDF

09/24/2013
Peer Review Report and Letter of FCC's Inspector General Audit Organization
PDF

News / Press Releases

10/07/2019
Dallas Charter School CEO involved in Contractor Kickback Scheme Found Guilty
After an investigation by the FCC Office of Inspector General, a Dallas charter school CEO involved in the E-rate program was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and three individual counts of wire fraud announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. The original indictment was unsealed on 01/04/2018, after the arrest and arraignment of defendants.
DOJ Statement - Verdict, dated 10/07/2019

DOJ Statement - Indictment, dated 01/25/2018
Unsealed Indictment, dated 12/05/2017

04/16/2019
Inspector General Issues Advisory Regarding Fraud in Lifeline Program
OIG issues this advisory letter to alert Lifeline carriers, carrier agents, consumers, and the public regarding pervasive, fraudulent practices that violate program rules and divert monies from the intended beneficiaries of the program.
PDF

02/06/2019
Indictment for conspiracy to commit wire fraud to defraud the E-rate Program
Two co-conspirators indicted on conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud charges to defraud the E-rate Program, based on an investigation by the FCC Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The DoJ indictment alleges the co-conspirators utilized an unindicted co-conspirator’s position with schools in Tennessee and Missouri to violate E-rate rules, including making false representation that schools had been invoiced the proper co-pay amounts. These false representations were made to obtain funds from the program.
DOJ Statement

09/06/2018
Florida-Based Broadcasting Company Ordered to Pay $910,700 to Federal Communications Commission for False Claims Act (FCA) violation
The FCC Office of Inspector General presented the case to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for pursuit under the FCA. The case resulted in a settlement against Newman Broadcasting for claiming a 35% bidding credit for FM radio frequencies in Florida for which the company was not entitled.
DOJ Statement

08/29/2018
Vendors, Consultants, And School Administrator Charged In Wide-Ranging Scheme To Defraud Federal “E Rate” Subsidy Program of $14 million
After referral from the FCC Office of Inspector General and an extensive investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the indictment and arrests of seven defendants -- two E-rate consultants, four E-rate service providers and one private school official -- on wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges in connection with schemes that, from 2009 through 2016, defrauded the E-rate program of over $14 million.
DOJ Statement

12/22/2016
Total Call Mobile Agrees to Pay $30 Million and A Permanent Ban For Defrauding Government Program Offering Discounted Mobile Phone Services To Low-Income Consumers
FCC, OIG Statement  PDF

DOJ Complaint-in-Intervention
DOJ Settlement Agreement

06/12/2014
Icon Telecom and its Owner Plead Guilty and Agree to Forfeit More Than $27 Million in Connection with Federal Wireless Telephone Subsidy Program
DOJ Statement HTML

06/04/2014
ICON Telecom, Its Owner, and a Former Associate Charged in $25 Million Fraud in Federal Wireless Telephone Subsidy Program
DOJ Statement HTML

04/10/2014
Three Men Charged with Allegedly Defrauding the FCC of Approximately $32 Million
DOJ Statement HTML

USF Low Income Program Indictment of Thomas E. Biddix, Kevin Brian Cox, and Leonard I. Solt
Indictment PDF

11/07/2013
AT&T Agrees to Settle Allegations Involving IP Relay Services Provided To Hearing- And Speech-Impaired Persons
DOJ Statement PDF

08/06/2013
Texas Businessman Agrees to Settle False Claims Allegations Involving the E-Rate Program
DOJ Statement HTML

03/22/2012
United States Files Lawsuit Against AT&T in Telecommunications Relay Services Fraud Case
DOJ Statement HTML

02/09/2012
Former Owner of Illinois Technology Company Sentenced to Serve 30 Months in Prison for Role in Multi-State Scheme to Defraud Federal E-Rate Program
DOJ Statement HTML

01/12/2012
Montgomery Man Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison For Stealing $892,000 From Schools In 13 States
DOJ Statement HTML

12/01/2011
Maryland-Based Viable Communications, Its Owner and a Former Executive Sentenced for Roles in $20 Million Scheme to Defraud the FCC's TRS/VRS Program
DOJ Statement HTML

09/29/2011
Montgomery Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing $892,000 From Schools In 13 States
DOJ Statement HTML

07/18/2011
Michigan Businessman Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Defrauding the Federal E-Rate Program
DOJ Statement HTML

06/02/2011
Former Owner of Illinois Technology Companies Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Scheme to Defraud the Federal E-Rate Program
DOJ Statement HTML

06/01/2011
Strusa Pleads Guilty to Defrauding the Interstate TRS Fund
Announcement HTML

05/09/2011
Former Superintendent Pleads Guilty To Federal Program Theft
DOJ Statement HTML

03/28/2011
Former Owner of Illinois Technology Company Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Scheme to Defraud the Federal E-Rate Program
DOJ Statement HTML

03/03/2011
Owner of Illinois Technology Company Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Defraud the Federal E-Rate Program
DOJ Statement HTML

02/22/2011
Alaska-Based Company Pays U.S. More Than $1.5 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations
DOJ Statement HTML

01/26/2011
Two Individuals Plead Guilty to Defrauding FCC Video Relay Service Program
DOJ Statement HTML

01/26/2011
Michigan Businessman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding the Federal E-Rate Program
DOJ Statement HTML

01/10/2011
David Hunt Named Inspector General
FCC Press Release PDF

01/06/2011
Individual Pleads Guilty to Defrauding FCC Video Relay Services Program
DOJ Statement HTML

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019