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Wrongful Billing Earns Comcast 'Biggest Cable Fine Ever'

It must pay $2.3M for negative option billing

(Newser) - Comcast has just been hit with what CNNMoney calls the "FCC's biggest cable fine ever." The company must pay a $2.3 million penalty after federal regulators found it charged customers for services and equipment they never requested. Customers had registered more than 1,000 complaints in... More »

After Backlash, Time Warner Shelves Pricing Change

(Newser) - Time Warner is scrapping plans to test a new way of billing for Internet access in the wake of a furious backlash from consumers and politicians, BusinessWeek reports. The No. 2 cable provider had planned to bill people in a handful of test markets based on how much bandwidth they... More »

CEO Arrested in Plan to Use Homeless in Medicare Scam

Scheme recruited LA's skid row denizens to bilk feds for unnecessary service fees

(Newser) - The CEO of a Los Angeles hospital was arrested today for defrauding Medicare by using the city’s homeless to fill empty beds, the AP reports. The FBI says Rudra Sabaratnam, of City of Angels hospital, recruited the homeless in a scheme to charge for unnecessary health services and keep... More »

Giuliani Calls Juggling $579K ‘Appropriate’

Candidate says money was reimbursed, blasts ‘political hit job’

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani has hit back against allegations of book-cooking, saying it was “perfectly appropriate” to bill $579,082 in security detail fees to obscure mayoral agencies, and the NYPD repaid the agencies in full. The cops were slow in paying their bills, he explained, and the peculiar invoicing was... More »

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