TDS Telecom comments on sentencing of former employee for wire fraud

Earlier today, federal Judge Lisa Wood sentenced former TDS Telecom employee, James Hosea, to 52 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and full restitution for engaging in a scheme to defraud TDS of $1.2 million.

Today’s sentencing follows the Nov. 6, 2014 grand jury indictment of Hosea. Following the indictment by the U.S Department of Justice, Southern District of Georgia, Brunswick Division, Hosea pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

The following statements can be attributed to Andrew (Drew) Petersen, vice president of External Affairs and Communications at TDS Telecom:

     “We are pleased with the sentence handed down to Mr. Hosea today. TDS has zero tolerance for fraud or theft by employees. Any suspicious activity is immediately investigated and turned over to appropriate law enforcement authorities for rigorous analysis and, in this case, prosecution. We have a strict code of business ethics and expect every one of our employees to follow high standards of integrity and moral conduct.

     “In regard to Mr. Hosea, TDS uncovered his scheme to defraud the company in the fall of 2014. He created false invoices, from a fictitious vendor, which caused TDS to make payments to an account controlled by Hosea. Following a thorough internal review, TDS immediately retained outside legal counsel and referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Atlanta Division, Brunswick Resident Agency.”

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Media contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager of Public Relations, 608-664-4471, cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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