Six more companies--and at least five individuals associated with these firms--have been indicted on allegations of defrauding the eRate, the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program that subsidizes internet access in the nation's schools and libraries.

Some of these companies and individuals are accused of submitting fraudulent documents to the government and being overcompensated for equipment headed to school districts in Arkansas, California, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Others are accused of rigging bids and conspiring toward that goal, and of charging the government for goods, such as video equipment, that are not covered

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