Super Scam... 750 people detained

#61 Apr 8th, 2017, 15:16
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THANE: Sagar Thakar, aka Shaggy, the 24-year-old mastermind of the Mira Road and Ahmedabad fake call centres that conned hundreds of US citizens of millions of dollars was arrested by the Thane police following his deportation from Dubai late on Friday.
Good news.

I hope he has been charged with criminal abuse of hair!
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#62 Jun 7th, 2017, 10:25
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Cross-continental call centre scam - 4 Indians, 1 Pakistani plead guilty in US court

US security, tax authorities lead probe into how American nationals were duped of money after their personal information was stolen by people posing as tax officials

Four Indians and a Pakistani national who engineered the cross-continental multimillion dollar scam run out of Ahmedabad used a network of money runners in Illinois and other American cities to launder the cash they extracted from US nationals by posing as American tax officials from the Internal Revenue Service, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) which is adjudicating the case.

In the past 10-odd days, three Indians -Rajubhai Patel, Dilipkumar Ambal Patel, Viraj Patel -and Pakistani national Fahad Ali pleaded guilty to the cash laundering conspiracy before the US District Court Judge David Hittner, Southern District of Texas, the DOJ said in a communiqué .

The fifth Indian, Illinois-based Hardik Patel, who Indian investigators believe hatched the conspiracy with the scam's architect Sagar alias Shaggy Thakkar, also pleaded guilty to a “wire fraud conspiracy“ on June 2.

The quintet's guilty plea comes, significantly, amidst the details gleaned by the Thane police from Shaggy, originally from Ahmedabad and later settled in Mumbai, who courted arrest by the police after he was deported from Dubai in April. The Thane sleuths had busted the scam in October after raiding several call centres, and the probe eventually led to Ahmedabad. The unusual fraud saw US territory being used by Indian call centre operators to extort money from 15,000 Americans tax payers under the threat of imprisonment, hefty fines or deportation after misappropriating their identity information bought from data brokers.

The so-called debts, though, were a fiction. The US probe, led by the US Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and Department of Treasury (Tax Administration), was geared to uncover how the con artists proceeded to launder the money gleaned illegally from victims with their knowledge of US laws. According to the DOJ, Hardik managed the workers' payroll and maintained detailed records of profits and expenses for several “associate call centres working in meshed synchrony back home“.
Mumbai Mirror

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