- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island will receive nearly $200,000 from a settlement with T-Mobile for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn’t order.

The Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that T-Mobile will issue at least $90 million in refunds and fines for the unauthorized charges, a practice known as “cramming.” The fourth-largest U.S. cellphone company is also paying $18 million in fines to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and $4.5 million in fines to the Federal Communications Commission.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said Friday that the state will receive nearly $200,000. He says the state also received about $220,000 from a cramming settlement with AT&T; in October.

The FTC sued T-Mobile in July. T-Mobile is accepting claims online.


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