It’s no secret that FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net is on the warpath against scams that threaten to destroy the Lifeline Assistance program.
As far as we’re concerned, American companies participating in the program should follow the stern example set by Globe Telecom in the Philippines.
According to Inquirer.net, a 25-year old Philippines man was recently arrested and charged with fraud for using phony names to get multiple free cell phones from Globe Telecom. Repeat: He was arrested and charged with fraud. This stands in stark contrast to the mild slaps on the wrist given to people who defraud the free government cell phone program in America.
Rodel Repdos, a resident of Cebu City, was arrested in a police sting operation when he tried to claim the additional phones under phony names.
The sting was carried by the Investigation and Detective Management Branch of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).
Here’s the shocker: the phones used in the America’s free government cell phone program are refurbished models. But the one Repdos tried to get for free was valued at approximately $780.
In previous transactions Repdos identified himself as Nonito Montemayor and Ronnie Flores. He is also accused of misrepresenting his employment status.
As a result of this case Globe Telecom intends to strengthen its security systems to avoid a similar incident in the future. “We won’t approve anymore without the company’s verification,” a representative said.
There are now more than 20 companies competing in the free government cell phone business. We urge all of them to put more effort into fighting fraud.
Follow the example of Globe Telecom. Fight fraud. Protect the free government cell phone program before it’s destroyed by personal and corporate corruption.