International call center scam stole $ 3.7 million from victims, officials say – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – Seven people in the Atlanta metro area have been sentenced to prison terms for their role in an international call center program fraudulently targeting elderly victims, law enforcement officials have said.
The “sophisticated” operation was based in India and involved calling in victims and posing as Internal Revenue Service officials or people offering fictitious payday loans, US Attorney Byung’s office said on Monday. J. “BJay” Pak.
They threatened potential victims with arrest or fines if they did not pay the fines, resulting in losses of more than $ 3.7 million for victims, prosecutors said.
US-based suspects face sentences ranging from six months to nearly five years in prison. Many have been ordered to pay restitution.
They have been identified as: Mohamed Kazim Momin, 33, from Norcross; Mohmed Sozab Momin, 23, of Lawrenceville; Drue Kyle Riggins, 24, of Stone Mountain; Nicholas Alexander Deane, 26, of Tucker; Palak Kumar Patel, 30, of Clarkston and Devin Bradford Pope, 25, of Chamblee. An eighth suspect from Katy, Texas, Rodrigo Leon-Castillo, 46, was also convicted in connection with the scheme.
“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,” Pak said in a statement. “As this case shows, we will prosecute companies and individuals in India and this country who choose to steal from vulnerable victims.”
Prosecutors also indicted seven Indian nationals and charged them with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The government is requesting the extradition of these suspects, Pak’s office said.
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