Britons Accused in $30M Probe
Cruickshank, James, The Independent (London, England)
A US COURT has issued arrest warrants for two Britons after an investigation into an alleged telephone scam that left thousands of American households with a combined phone bill of $30m.
However, the probe, which was carried out by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, could spark a political turf war with the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates long-distance phone carriers across the US.
Richard Green and Marilyn Shein from London are currently believed to be in Monaco. Last week a US judge demanded their financial records relating to a long-distance phone venture, linked to internet pornography, which has gone badly wrong.
Mr Green and Ms Shein are owners of Verity International, which is registered in Ireland. They formed Automatic Communications, an affiliate of Verity, and in January 1999 went into a carriage agreement with Concert, a company put together by British Telecom and AT&T, to sell long-distance calls to Madagascar.
The agreement allowed customers to access pornography on the internet without using a credit card. Instead, the users downloaded a dialler program, which routed their calls off the internet. The charges then showed up on their monthly phone bill.
In May …
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