Phone Companies Accused of Defrauding US Government

Government waste is a hot-button issue in US politics. Bill O’Reilly, the popular right-wing TV pundit, recently covered accusations that ‘private phone companies’ are complicit in ‘ripping off the American taxpayer’. In one segment on his nightly show, O’Reilly discussed how the US government’s Lifeline program subsidizes the distribution of mobile phones to citizens on low incomes. The show played covert recordings of companies giving phones to recipients who openly state they will violate the rules of the Lifeline program, by reselling the phone. See the excerpt from O’Reilly’s show here:

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.