A man pleads guilty Wednesday to cheating victims as part of an elaborate call center scam, according to acting the United States Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas.
Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, 28, who lived in Austin, plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to perform money laundering as part of the scheme. His sentencing is set for July 21, 2017.
As part of his guilty plead Chaudhari revealed that he and his co-conspirators engaged in a scam where people from call centers located in India impersonated officials from the IRS or United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, according to the statement from the United States Attorney’s office.
The call centers would target United States victims & threaten them with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay money reportedly owed to the government.
Chaudhari, worked as a part of a crew of runners since about April 2014 operating in Illinois, Georgia, Nevada, Texas & elsewhere across the nation. He would drive around the nation with other runners to purchase re-loadable cards registered with misappropriated personal identity information of United States citizens, the statement stated.
Once the victims paid, he would liquidate the proceeds on the cards & transfer the funds into money orders for deposit into multiple bank accounts, while holding a percent of the profit for himself. He also sent money orders with victim’s payments to other the United States based co-conspirators.