Two Indian nationals plead guilty to US fraud conspiracy
Washington, August 5 (PTI) Two Indian nationals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud totaling more than US $ 600,000 by accepting illegally obtained wire transfers, a US lawyer said.
Zeeshan Khan, 22, and Maaz Ahmed Shamsi, 24, are accused of fraudulently receiving around $ 618,000 from 19 victims across the country. They pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez in Federal Court in Camden.
Conspiracy to commit wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 or double the amount of the loss, whichever is greater.
Sentencing for both is scheduled for December 6.
According to court documents, as part of an international fraud scheme, call centers based in India used robocalls for victims in an attempt to defraud US residents, especially the elderly.
After establishing contact with the victims through these robocalls, other members of the conspiracy would force or induce the victims to send large sums of money through physical mailings or wire transfers to others. other members of the plot, including Shamsi and Khan, the Justice Department said. .
These conspirators used various ploys to convince victims to send money, including posing as government officials from agencies such as the Social Security Administration or law enforcement officers from the FBI or the Drug Enforcement Administration and threatened serious legal or financial consequences if they did not comply. .
“Another method used by callers was to convince victims that they were speaking with someone from a technical support company and to force victims to grant the caller remote access to their personal computers, and to through this, to the bank accounts of the victims, “federal prosecutors alleged.
“By manipulating the victims’ bank accounts, the appellant would convince the victims that an overpayment was paid to the victims and ultimately ask them to send money by mail or wire transfer to other members of the conspiracy. “the department said. PTI LKJ RDK RDK