Indian-American couple arrested for laundering over USD 400,000 on behalf of phone scammers

Indian-American couple arrested for laundering over USD 400,000 on behalf of phone scammers

According to the US Department of Justice, an Indian-American couple has been arrested by federal agents for allegedly laundering more than USD 400,000 by misleading US people on behalf of India-based phone scammers. Between May 2019 and January 2020, Mehulkumar Manubhai Patel and Chitali Dave, both 36, allegedly laundered over USD 400,000, sent by at least 24 victims caught in the scam, it said on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Indian-based callers pose as federal agents as part of their social security scam, in order to trick victims into thinking that their numbers were involved in crimes. Callers threatened arrest and loss of the victims’ properties unless they sent money. The callers guided victims to mail cash to aliases that were used by other fraud network members including Patel and Dave.

Often callers tricked the victims in having remote access to their machines, and the callers will have access to bank accounts for the victims. The callers deliberately deceived the victims by making it look as if the caller were adding money to bank accounts of the victims. The callers then instructed the victims to mail cash to aliases that were used by other fraud network members, including Patel and Dave, the statement said.