- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s attorney general says the state’s portion of a legal settlement of phony wireless phone charges comes to more than $306,000.

Sprint and Verizon Wireless will pay a combined $158 million to settle the claims filed by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two federal agencies.

Wireless customers complained that they were being billed for premium text messaging services for which they had not signed up. The texting services were provided by outside vendors and Verizon and Sprint kept a portion of the charges.

Attorney General Tim Fox said in a statement Tuesday that Montana customers eligible for refunds or credits can file claims at www.SprintRefundPSMS.com and www.CFPBSettlementVerizon.com .

Fox spokeswoman Anastasia Burton says the $306,563 going to the state will be placed in the Department of Justice’s general fund for consumer protection enforcement.

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