HELENA, Mont. (September 19, 2013)—Steven Sann, a Montana man accused of adding tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized charges to phone bills nationwide, has been indicted for wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
The 35-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday during a settlement conference in a civil lawsuit previously filed by the Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC sued Sann, his wife, son and accountant over $70 million in unauthorized charges.
Federal prosecutors say he concealed his role in multiple companies that sold a voicemail and fax service called ConnectMe Voice.
He is accused of falsely reporting the companies received no customer complaints so that billing aggregators would continue to add the phone charges.
Sann's attorney did not immediately return a call Thursday.