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Lawyer defends Mont. family accused in phone scam

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 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The lawyer for a Montana family accused of cramming $70
 million in bogus charges on phone bills nationwide says his clients followed in
dustry standards.
   The Federal Trade Commission accuses Steven Sann, his wife, son and accountant
 of running companies that added the unauthorized charges to customers' phone bills
 since 2008.
   The commission is asking a judge to force the Sanns to stop operating and to
freeze their assets.
   The Sanns' attorney, Andrew B. Lustigman said in a statement Tuesday the
companies' services were sold in a long-accepted and responsible fashion. He says
customers were given repeated opportunities to accept or reject the services.
   The FTC complaint alleges Steven Sann used some of the money to buy land and
pay for his legal bills in a separate medical marijuana case.
   AP-WF-01-22-13 2311GMT

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