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Maryland gets $788K as part of AT&T cramming settlement

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler says Maryland will receive $788,000 for its participation in a settlement with AT&T. The $105 million multistate settlement announced Wednesday resolves allegations that the company unlawfully billed wireless customers for tens of millions of dollars in bogus charges in a practice is known as cramming. The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T subsidiary AT&T Mobility LLC billed millions of customers for charges from third-party companies. The charges were for services people never asked to receive or were duped into subscribing to, such as horoscope texts or sports scores. AT&T agreed to pay $80 million to the FTC for consumer refunds. Maryland was one of seven states on the executive committee that helped negotiate the agreement. Consumers can submit claims for refunds at or call 877-819-9692 for more information.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.