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September 27, 1972

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along with the Bell System is feeding to R. E. Packard, | anager for the firm. "A new ngeef(fort to reduce the 4 "ncu ed through misuse ;! 0[ facilities and services was oca .i |ached last year," he stated. or I A 22-year-old Utah man r 'Was recently sentenced to 90 ldays in jail and fined $100 for endlacing $29 worth of long al:distance telephone calls and ire::Charging them to a fictitious the  ,lit card number, ce - I This seemingly stiff senten [or obtaining telephone service Ig.l  Y fraud reflects a new get i0Ugh attitude by Mountain illtell to deter "crime by the :' bambers.,' ,', A relatively small expense .... | of "third party numbers, has W | risen to an all-time high. : ,., |. In 1968, the Bell System lost 3fflff](,500,000 on phony or stolen _ credit card calls and calls ,| illed to an unauthorized third- ,,dr rty number. That figure ro ,se | tO $28,300,000 in 1970 and was " | $22,200,000 last year, Tollltfra aud 1  Montana for the first seven aonths of 1972 amounted to raore than $44,o00. According to Bill Martin, l Mountain Bell Security f' !  rvisor, one of the reasons :rPejm rise of toll fraud is the i Publicity given it by un- iderground, anti-establishment newspapers. These . blications printed what they ,claimed were the telephone credit card numbers of certain tlollywood stars who were angry with the phone company. Supposedly these stars were urging people to make long distance calls and charg:e them to their credit card numbers. Although it isn't a very Plausible story, it was suf- ficient to induce people to Charge million of dollars in Itl w I. Toll Fraud Crackdown t[mfr:nUd d ouata:rilul  [!i!t;loiuStsannC:m:lrSs, tO those Martin In the past, he said, people caught using phony credit card numbers were given a good tongue - lashing by Mountain Bell security men and required to make restitution to the telephone company. In return the company didn't prosecute them. But in mid - 1971 that stance changed. "We are aggressively in. vestigating and prosecuting these fraudulent phone users. This is not an attempt to recover lost revenue through the courts, but rather an at- tempt to deter the spread of toll fraud," Martin explained. The company is also trying to educate the public about the various kinds (and penalties for) of crime by the numbers. Martin said telephone security agents, along with local telephone employes, visit large institutions in the eight - state Mountain Bell area each year. They tell administrators about the fraud problem and ask their help. Generally, this takes the form of publicity in local publications, bulletin board posters and direct mail in- formation. Telephone operators are trained to detect phony credit card numbers through a coding system integrated in the card number. In addition, the cards filled out on operator - handled caUs are reviewed by Cen- tralized Traffic Investigation if there is a question on billing. When fraud is detected and the guilty party identified, the security department will then question the suspect or sign a complaint for his arrest. The company's "get tough" policy is working. As evidence, Martin cited a drop in the 1971 toll fraud figures of more than $6,000,000 under the previous year. Savage,Crane News By BEA FISCHER Wednesday. Mr. DeMangalere Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gregg have operated a coal mine southwest a new granddaughter born of Crane for several years then Sept. 6 at Miles City. Parents built and operated the Crane are Mr. and Mrs. Cody(Joleen) Market until selling it to Taylor. The baby was named Clarence Barosso. Tanya Rue. Mrs. Gregg spent a Visitors at the Viola Garfield few days in Miles City last week home last week were Mr. and getting acquainted with her Mrs. Ray Garfield, Kathy new granddaughter. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Ehner Mr. and Mrs. Gregg went to Garfield, Bill Hoffstatt and I)la Miles City last week and at- Jensen. tended the baptism of their new Mrs. Jesse Roberts was granddaughter and while there taken to Billings to the hospital they took in the square dance last week. Saturday night. Mrs. I,eo Fischer and Patrick Clemmer has returned Irson were visitors at the from the hospital in homes of Bob Greggs and lillings where he spent several Harold Jorgensens last week. Weeks. Charles DeMangalere passed away at his home in Crane last Jim Jimison Excavating Wmr. Sewer and Grwd Back - Hoe Work Home Phone 482-2549 Mobil Phone 482-3751 Sidney, Montana "'I dig dirt cheap" SMALL STEAMER -- Built on a two - inch to one foot scale, this Case Steam Engine was part of the antique display at the Culbertson Threshing Bee and An- tique Show Saturday and Sunday. Glen Biakeslcy of Forsyth built the steamer which is fully operable. Hundreds of people attended the two - day show What i A rebel . . . a non-conformist who is running from society. A quitter who is afraid to face the responsibility of making success in an ever- changing, challenging world. r I despite cold and windy weather. The event is sponsored each year by the Northeastern Montana Threshers and Antique Association. Mrachek Photo The Sidney Herald, Sidney, Mont., Wed., Sept. 27, t9/? - :i Williston Center . Student Increase According to the Registrar's office, the fall semester final enrollment at UND-Williston Center totals 491, an increase of 11 students over the enrolhnent of 1971-72. Enrolhnent by classes compared with last year's totals in parentheses is: fresh- men 321 (319); sophomores 131 l 132); part-time 39 (29). The academic division shows a decline by 13.2 per cent with 238 as compared with 271 a year ago. The vocational division definitely follows the trends of our times and shows an in- (Tease of 18.7 per cent with 214 era'oiling, 34 inore than the 180 of last fall. More people are interested in taking a course or two. Ten more students, 39, enrolled as part time this fall. Several of the vocational areas are limited to the enrollment they can accept and are filled to capacity. The vocational em'ollment is: Agri- Business 23, Auto-Mechanics What I 32, l)istributive Education 25, I)rafting and Design 24, In- terior Design 17, Office Education 64, and Practical Nursing 29. UND-W has in the past few years had an approximate ratio of two males for each female This fall the ratio approximat a 1 to 1 ratio with only 47 mort! males than females. Ten per cent of the tot: enrollment are veterans. Ths follows the pattern of the past two years. Present trends show decline in most college enrollments. UND-W is happ) to maintain and to show an increase of about one per cent in its full time equivalency em'ollment. J su00sc.00sE .... ] to the Herald . . I Easy I 1111111 I II IJ 4 I er. Also a non-conformist, but eager and willing to face the challenges of this great nation . anxious to learn about healthy, wholesome pursuits of life.., and determined to meet problems headon with intelligent, informed decisions. Encourage Your Boy or Girl To Join Ferguson Gets AFCommand 4 H During l,t. Col. Edward J. Ferguson, 1 a graduate of Sidney Senior High School, has been named commander of the 62nd Organizational Maintenance Squadron at McChord Air Force Base. Ferguson holds the Air Medal with two Oak Iaf Clusters and the Air Force Commendation mcvJal. Second Annual Used Motorcycle AUCTION Sat., Sept. 30 2 p.m. at A C & M Sports Center , Approximately 50 used bikes from SOcc to 6SOot ALSO BIKE ACCESSORIES Terms: Cash or Approved Credit Auctioneer: Ron Granmoe AC & M Sports Center West Glendive 365-4418 tab Call the Richland County Extension Service at 482-1206 or contact any 1 7 4.H Club leader for more details on r the exciting.projects being planned for, the commg year . '.. e and sign up now[ We're Backing 4-H All The Way MONTANA-DAKOTA UTILITIES CO. : 00Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric, Association Inc.