The South Asian Times

15 July 2019 22:23 PM

Indian-origin persons among 15 indicted in US call center scam


Washington, DC: Fifteen people, including some of Indian-origin, and five India-based call centers have been indicted in a multi-million call center scam that victimized thousands of people in the US.

Seven people were arrested on Thursday in the US for their alleged involvement in the scam that victimized over 2,000 people, resulting in over $5.5 million in losses, the US Justice Department said in a press release.

Seven defendants and five call centers in India were also charged for their alleged involvement, officials said.

Mohamed Kazim Momin, Palak Kumar Patel, Mohammed Sozab Momin, Devin Bradford Pope, Nicholas Alezander Deane, Drue Kyle Riggins and Jantz Parrish Miller were arraigned before US Magistrate Judge Janet F. King.

"This indictment makes clear that the IRS impersonation scam has risen to a new level, with indictments against five call centers and seven co-conspirators in India who allegedly directed their employees to participate in the scam," said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The indictment alleged that the defendants were involved in a "sophisticated scheme organized by co-conspirators in India, including a network of call centers in Ahmedabad."

The five India-based call centres that were indicted were Excellent Solutions BPO, ADN Infotech Pvt. Ltd, Infoace BPO Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Adore Infosource, Inc. and Zurik BPO Services Pvt. Ltd.

The other indicted people were Shylesh Kumar Sharma, Dilipkumar Kodwini, Radhishraj Natarajan, Shubham Sharma, Nirav Janakbhai Panchal, Athar Parvez Mansuri, Mohmmad Samir Memon and Rodrigo Leon-Castillo. (IANS)

Update: 14 Sep, 2018