POLITICAL AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY FROM AN OUTSIDER'S VIEWPOINT
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
"Obamaphone" Fraud Exposed
Recently, one of the five FCC Commissioners, Ajit Pai, spoke out about a fraud investigation into Total Call Mobile, one of the Obamaphone carrer providers. "There's a lot of fraud that's basically under wraps and that needs to
come out into the open. This is only the tip of the iceberg, I expect," he said.
Total Call Mobile defrauded the government of $9.7 million in subsidies from the Universal Service Fund since 2014. That's money from your and my pockets. This so-called "free" program is showing its true cost. Just like any other government welfare program, it is rife with fraud and corruption.
A program that was intended to provide needed emergency channels to the less fortunate has been violated by greedy idiots. The "Obamaphone" is actually the epithet for the official Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers. The program is actually managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a private contractor that should know what's going on with the Obamaphone.
Worse thing about the whole situation is the FCC was under a gag order about discussing the Obamaphone fraud until just now. There may have been a federal investigation going on, but the reason given wasn't about that. Lifeline wanted it all hushed up until they could announce they were expanding the program.
Which is kind of like saying, don't talk about the bank robbery until we've built another vault.
We wouldn't want the government to lose out on new money, now would we?