#FREESTUFF UPDATE: Phone Company ‘Outraged’ By Fraud, Abuse In ‘Obamaphone’ Program
To qualify for one of the cellphone plans, you have to be low income — on food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance or some other government program.
But multiple times a CBS4 producer and reporter found phone agents in Denver circumventing strict government rules to ensure that only the truly needy get the free phones. Vendors, like Total Call, receive massive government subsidies to hand out the phones and the accompanying monthly plans.
In one case a Total Call agent used someone else’s food stamp card to provide eligibility for a CBS4 producer. On another occasion another Total Call agent said it would be perfectly fine to use a friend’s food stamp card to establish eligibility and obtain a free phone.
FLASHBACK TO FEBRUARY 2013: US Govt. Spent $2.2 Billion On Obamaphones in 2012
FLASHBACK TO AUGUST 2013: Melchior shares how she got 3 Obamaphones
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