Hinsdale church with hacked phone line won’t have to pay $27,000 bill

| April 3, 2012

Officials still don't know who hacked into a Hinsdale church's phone lines last year and made $27,000 worth of calls to Libya, but one thing is certain: The church won't have to pass the collection plate to pay for them.

AT&T said Monday that the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale will not be charged for the thousands of fraudulent two-minute calls that showed up on its November phone bill.

"We have been working with the Unitarian Church on this issue. After reviewing this account and confirming the charges were fraudulent, we will credit the customer the full amount of $27,020.11," AT&T spokeswoman Susan Diaz De Leon said in an email.

The Rev. Edward Searl, who was stunned after he saw the bill and who thought as late as last week that the church would have to pay at least part of it, said he is pleased with the resolution.

"It seems quite reasonable to me, considering the circumstances," said Searl, whose church usually has a monthly bill between $300 and $400.



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