TerraCom fires all sales force employees nationwide

700 employess impacted in 23 states

INDIANAPOLIS - Lifeline phone company TerraCom fired all of its sales force employees nationwide Thursday afternoon.

Officials weren't sure that employees were complying with federal guidelines.

A TerraCom spokesperson said this decision will impact about 700 people in 23 states.

The Oklahoma-based company is one of nine in Indiana approved to offer the Lifeline program, which connects low-income families with access to a mobile phone.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission held a hearing involving TerraCom earlier in July.

The commission was concerned with TerraCom's previous problem in Oklahoma where ineligible people received phones and the company collected $416,000 that it was later forced to repay.

TerraCom was also under investigation by another state agency for a data breach.

The company will not be signing people up while it works on hiring new employees.

TerraCom was working with the Indiana Attorney General's office on responding to the data breach that exposed the information of Hoosiers.

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