|By Paul A. Specht, Eastern Wake News (Zebulon, N.C.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The agents accused are
According to a lawsuit filed on
The plaintiffs each seek more than
Their lawsuit was prompted by a
The agents disputed the claims. But, they ultimately accepted cash fines totaling
In a statement written after the investigation, the agents' attorney,
Armstrong said his clients seek repayment through the lawsuit -- not a refund -- because the DOI mandate only required the agents to repay improperly charged bills dating back to
"(The improper charges) could go back much farther than that," Armstrong said in a
Daughtry, reached by phone on
<p> Asked how many customers requested a refund, Daughtry said he couldn't remember. He declined to comment further.
Most of the agents either couldn't be reached by reporters or declined to comment.
"I want to thank the community, customers and close friends for their prayers and encouragement as our family goes through this trial."
A hearing in the case has not been set.
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