Two Kansas City area men have been charged with felony theft and computer fraud for saving Sprint customers over $100,000 — by erasing their cell phone bills.
Over a two year period, authorities say that Garreth Morrow, 44, and Timothy Flowers, 39, wiped out more than $133,000 in cell phone charges in exchange for cash, according to Fox News affiliate WDAD-TV.
Prosecutors allege that Morrow would find Sprint customers willing to take part in the scam and forward their information on to Flowers, who worked in Sprint’s billing department in Overland Park, Kan.
Melinda Tiemeyer of Sprint said that the company uncovered the fraud, and that customers who took part will not see “unwarranted charges” on their bills, according to the Fox story.
Johnson County Deputy Tom Erikson explained that the prevelence of Sprint phones in the Kansas City area made it easy for Morrow to find willing participants.
“Sprint phones are a very popular phone, especially in Kansas and Missouri. It would be really easy to walk up to anybody, even just ask what kind of phone you carry. I carry a Sprint phone. Really, how much is your bill? My bill is $200. Give me $50, I guarantee your bill will be zero. It’s very simple,” said Erickson.