Lawmakers Seek Records of WorldCom Call-Routing
Move follows accusations that WorldCom diverted calls to avoid paying fees to other telephone companies.As WorldCom struggles to repair the damage wrought by its massive accounting fraud and subsequent bankruptcy, it continues to be dogged by new allegations of wrongdoing. Today, federal lawmakers who oversee telecommunications policy demanded to see documents pertaining to accusations that WorldCom diverted calls to avoid paying fees to other telephone companies. Now doing business as MCIillustrating one of many attempts to repair the damage to its namethe company is accused of rerouting calls and disguising their origins to avoid paying access charges to other carriers. In a filing in the bankruptcy proceeding this week, AT&T Corp. charged that WorldCom diverted U.S. calls to Canada to avoid paying connection charges. Today, Reps. Billy Tauzin, R-La., and Fred Upton, R-Mich., directed the Federal Communications Commission to hand over any records pertaining to the alleged access charge violations. In a letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell, the lawmakers asked for information on what the commission will do to investigate the allegations.
This week, in response to the new allegations, WorldCom hired another law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, to conduct a review. Company officials said publicly that all U.S. government secure calls on its network have been handled properly. The U.S. government is WorldComs largest customer.