- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Diego-based wireless phone carrier has agreed to pay $2.1 million to settle allegations it overcharged federal law enforcement agencies to carry out court-ordered wiretaps.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Northern California announced the deal with Cricket Communications, Inc. on Monday. The company was accused of overcharging the government for wiretaps and pen registers from 2007 until 2010. A pen register is a device that captures identifying information about a call, but not the conversation itself.

Prosecutors say telecommunications carriers are only allowed to recover reasonable expenses they incur while helping to execute a court-ordered wiretap or pen register.

AT&T; acquired Cricket earlier this year. AT&T; spokesman Marty Richter said the allegations predate AT&T;’s acquisition, and AT&T; worked with the Department of Justice on a settlement.


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