Three people and India-based company charged in phone scam targeting U.S. residents
Three people and an India-based call center are being charged for involvement in a tele-fraud scheme.
Mohit Devendrabhai Sharma, Julliette Belle Carter, Kunal Jagdishbhai Sharma, and a call-center named Skyz International Outsourcing BPO are facing charges in the United States for their alleged involvement in a transnational criminal organization that targeted and victimized U.S. residents.
The scheme led victims to believe that the owed taxes and fees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“IRS phone schemes profit by victimizing United States residents, including vulnerable members of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “This indictment and the arrest in Canada demonstrate our commitment to identifying and prosecuting those who perpetuate phone scams on our citizens no matter where the perpetrators are located.”
The indictment alleges that the defendants used lists of U.S. residents’ personal, identifiable information.
Co-conspirators allegedly called potential victims while impersonating officials from the IRS.
The callers would then threaten potential victims with prosecution or arrest if they did not pay alleged tax debts immediately.
After the victims agreed to pay, the callers would instruct the victims to send the money electronically using banks or money transmitters to defendants Mohit Devendrabhai Sharma, Julliette Belle Carter, and others.
Money was collected from victims in states such as Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia.
J. Russell George, the Inspector General for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) advised that “since 2013, IRS impersonation scams have been on a relentless path, claiming more than 15,000 victims who have lost upwards of $74 Million to the scammers. Today’s unsealed indictment makes clear that TIGTA will continue to be just as relentless in our pursuit of individuals who fraudulently represent themselves as IRS officials in order to extort money from taxpayers. We will not back down from our pursuit of these criminals, and will continue to work with all law enforcement partners to bring them to justice.”
Mohit Devendrabhai Sharma, Julliette Belle Carter, Kunal Jagdishbhai Sharma, and Skyz International Outsourcing BPO are being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.
Mohit Devendrabhai Sharma and Julliette Belle Carter are being charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
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