By Beth Winegarner (September 13, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT) -- AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and other telecommunications companies urged a California federal judge Friday to toss a whistleblower suit accusing them of overcharging the government for wiretapping services, saying the ex-New York federal prosecutor who sued them hasn't shown he has actual knowledge of any fraud.
Attorneys for the companies argued that John Prather, who was a deputy attorney general in the New York attorney general's office when he uncovered the alleged overcharges, only saw between two and five invoices for wiretapping services — not the hundreds he originally claimed — and those few don't prove his claims.
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