WHO ordered this fraud investigation to be shushed until after the expansion was approved?
(WATCH VIDEO BELOW FOR SCARY INSIGHT INTO HOW YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED.)
Lifeline (also known as Obamaphone) subsidizes cell phone plans for low-income Americans, allowing beneficiaries to enroll using cards issued for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a welfare program that has also faced fraud allegations.
On March 31, FCC voted to expand the Lifeline program to include 3G wireless broadband service.
The very next day, the FCC regulators announced a massive fraud investigation against Total Call Mobile, which they had been ordered to keep under wraps until AFTER the vote to expand the program was complete.
FCC is seeking $51 million in damages from Total Call Mobile, who allegedly defrauded the federal Lifeline program of nearly $10 million. Total Call employees enrolled tens of thousands of duplicate Lifeline beneficiaries and pocketed the extra subsidies.
Total Call Mobile is wholly owned by prepaid phone card company Total Call International, which is wholly owned by Japanese telecommunications giant KDDI.