A federal judge in San Francisco has flagged fraudulent claims filed in a privacy class action for investigation by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of the Northern District of California took the extraordinary move of referring the case to local federal prosecutors after the claims administrator managing the $5.3 million settlement identified nearly 6,000 potentially bogus claims. Plaintiffs counsel in the case said the fraudulent claims could have siphoned away about $400,000 from legitimate class members.

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