It's a government program designed to help low-income Americans afford phone service, but even after it was reformed for lack of oversight, we found it's still rampant with fraud.
Cell phone companies typically set up the tents in low-income areas, some even have lines of people waiting into the night to get free phones. Sometimes vendors do business out of their cars, topped with free cell phone signs or banners. At least one vendor operates out of a house in Oklahoma City. Vendors at those "free cell phone" tents are giving away free cell phones as they sign people up for a federal program called Lifeline.
Chat Live in the noon hour with Oklahoma Impact Team investigative reporter Jennifer Loren.