8 defendants convicted in call center fraud scheme involving elderly victims



Eight defendants were convicted of their roles in an India-based call center fraud scheme that claimed thousands of lives in the United States, resulting in losses of more than $ 3.7 million. The sentences ranged from six months to four years and nine months in prison.

“The IRS and telephone payday loan programs seek to profit from the exploitation of US citizens, including the elderly and the most vulnerable members of our community,” said US Attorney Byung J. “BJay »Pak. “As this case shows, we will prosecute companies and individuals in India and this country who choose to steal from vulnerable victims.”

“Victimizing taxpayers by impersonating Internal Revenue Service employees is a serious crime,” said J. Russell George, Inspector General of the Treasury for the Tax Administration. “TIGTA will do everything in its power to ensure that those involved in the impersonation of IRS employees are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These significant sentences should serve as a notice to those who engage in this type of criminal activity that they will be held accountable. “

According to US Prosecutor Pak, the charges and other information presented to the court: These defendants were involved in a sophisticated scheme organized by co-conspirators in India, including a network of call centers in Ahmedabad, India. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center operators called potential victims while posing as Internal Revenue Service officials or individuals offering counseling. fictitious payday loans.

Call center operators would then threaten potential victims with arrest, imprisonment or fines if they did not pay taxes or penalties to the government. If the victims agreed to pay, call centers would immediately turn to a network of US-based co-conspirators to liquidate and launder the funds extorted by purchasing prepaid debit cards or through wire transfers, including through MoneyGram and Western Union, Attention: Fictitious Names and Defendants Based in the United States and Their Co-Conspirators.

Eight defendants were convicted in connection with this case. U.S. District Judge Michael L. Brown sentenced the following:

  • Mohamed Kazim Momin, 33, of Norcross, Georgia, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison, followed by three years on probation. The amount of the refund will be determined at a subsequent hearing.
  • Rodrigo Leon-Castillo, 46, of Katy, Texas, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $ 833,938.20 in restitution.
  • Mohmed Sozab Momin, 23, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison, followed by three years on probation. The amount of the refund will be determined at a subsequent hearing.
  • Drue Kyle Riggins, 24, of Stone Mountain, Ga., Was sentenced to one year, one month in prison, three years on probation and ordered to pay $ 49,640.36 in restitution.
  • Nicholas Alexander Deane, 26, of Tucker, Ga., Was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, three years on probation and ordered to pay $ 49,640.36 in restitution.
  • Palak Kumar Patel, 30, of Clarkston, Ga., Was sentenced to ten months in prison, three years on probation and ordered to pay $ 19,142.60 in restitution.
  • Jantz Parrish Miller, 25, of Stone Mountain, Ga., Was sentenced to eight months in prison, three years on probation and ordered to pay $ 49,640.36 in restitution.
  • Devin Bradford Pope, 25, of Chamblee, Ga., Was sentenced to six months in prison, three years on probation and ordered to pay $ 49,640.36 in restitution.

These eight defendants were indicted along with five Indian call centers and seven Indian nationals in an indictment of 27 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The government requests the extradition of Indian nationals.

The US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration investigated this matter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Brown, Deputy Head of the Complex Fraud Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jolee Porter continued the case.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is part of the Department of Justice’s Transnational Elder Fraud Force. The Strike Force is focused on investigating and prosecuting defendants associated with overseas-based fraud schemes that disproportionately affect older Americans. These include romance scams, phone scams, mass mailing fraud schemes, and tech support fraud schemes.


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