Feds: Sprint overcharged us for wiretap cooperation

Feds: Sprint overcharged us for wiretap cooperation

[Ed. – Big government, always with the priorities.]

Sprint Corp and the U.S. government said on Monday they will face off in court over how much money law enforcement agencies owe the wireless provider for help the company was required to give investigators who wanted to tap phone calls.

The Obama administration filed a suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Monday, alleging that Sprint overcharged the government $21 million for expenses it incurred while complying with court-ordered wiretaps and other surveillance help.

Sprint said it plans to defend the matter “vigorously.” …

In the case, San Francisco U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag alleged that Sprint “knowingly submitted false claims” to the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies from January 1, 2007 to July 31, 2010, inflating costs by about 58 percent. …

Sprint, however, said its invoices to the federal agencies fully complied with the law that requires the government to reimburse reasonable costs incurred in assisting law enforcement agencies with electronic surveillance.

“We have fully cooperated with this investigation and intend to defend this matter vigorously,” said Sprint spokesman John Taylor.

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