Oops, I didn't know that was illegal

MCI Faces Federal Fraud Inquiry on Fees for Long-Distance Calls:


The central element of MCI’s scheme, people involved in the inquiry said, consisted of disguising long-distance calls as local calls to avoid paying special access tariffs to local carriers across the country.



“Everyone understood that we were stiffing Bell Atlantic, but I did not consider whether it was illegal,” one design engineer who formerly worked at MCI said in a sworn statement provided to investigators. “We were told that Project Invader was an exploitation of a tariff loophole, a trick. We kept the project a secret. The traffic was ramped up slowly to avoid detection.”


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