- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia will receive $321,000 from T-Mobile US over billing for unauthorized charges.

Attorney General Mark Herring announced the state’s portion of the settlement Friday.

The Federal Trade Commission says T-Mobile is paying at least $67.5 million in refunds to affected customers plus $18 million in fines to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and $4.5 million in fines to the Federal Communications Commission.

The settlement is over billing for a practice known as “cramming” in which customers get subscriptions to text services like $9.99-per-month horoscopes, ringtones or celebrity gossip updates that they didn’t want or authorize.

Herring says more than 153,000 T-Mobile customers in Virginia may be eligible for restitution.


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