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Wis. regulators investigating phone company


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State regulators have launched a fraud investigation into an Illinois-based telephone company that serves low-income telephone customers in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday (http://tiny.cc/69yx8 ) that the Public Service Commission is starting the investigation after it received reports of fraud in the company's administration of a consumer-funded program.

A spokesman for Midwestern Telecommunications Inc. says he is not aware of any investigation into the company.

Investigators for PSC say the company reported to the state that it had 315 Wisconsin customers for the subsidized Lifeline program but it told federal regulators it had 25,814 Wisconsin customers, for which it received reimbursements.

The commission has voted to revoke Midwestern's permission to receive reimbursement while its investigation continues.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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