HELENA — A man accused of placing $70 million in unwanted charges on phone bills nationwide has been sentenced to four years' probation on a separate charge related to a federal medical marijuana crackdown.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen handed down the sentence Tuesday to 58-year-old Steven Sann of Lolo.

Sann pleaded guilty to conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises. He was involved in a medical-marijuana operation with former University of Montana quarterback Jason Washington that had more than 1,000 plants in a Missoula warehouse.

Prosecutors say Sann originally owned the facility.

The Federal Trade Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Sann, his wife, son and accountant for allegedly running companies that placed $70 million in charges on phone bills.

The Sanns, through their lawyer, say the businesses were legitimate.

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