Oklahoma Cell Phone Company Owner Arrested On Fraud Charges

Friday, April 11th 2014, 11:29 pm
By: News On 6

They're accused of funding their lavish lifestyles with your hard-earned money funneled through a government program.

The Department of Justice charged three men in an alleged scheme to defraud the government-subsidized cell phone program called Lifeline of millions of dollars.

One of the men indicted, "owns a cell phone company," operating in Oklahoma.

It's not unusual for the owner of a cell phone company that takes government subsidies to have many different companies in different states, and that's the case here.

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Prosecutors say all three men charged in the federal case created a cell phone company and turned in false reports to the government which gave them $32 million in subsidies.

The men are accused of 15 counts of wire fraud, false claims and money laundering.

The feds say the men used the program, designed to provide cell phones to the poor, to make themselves millionaires, buying a Lamborghini, a Mercedes, a Cadillac Escalade, an Audi R-8, a corvette, a limo, a private jet and a boat, among other things, all of which the government now wants to repossess.

One of the men indicted is Kevin Brian Cox, the owner of True Wireless which we've reported on here in Oklahoma for allegedly breaking the Lifeline rules.

While its owner, Cox, is named in the federal indictment, his alleged crimes are connected to a different company.

True Wireless, his Oklahoma company, is not part of this case and prosecutors haven't answered my questions as to whether it could eventually be included.