Two men admit to receiving over $ 500,000 in global robocall scam that defrauded elderly victims | USAO-NJ

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CAMDEN, NJ – Two Indian nationals today admitted to conspiring to commit wire fraud by accepting wire transfers illegally obtained from victims across the country totaling more than $ 600,000, the prosecutor said by interim Rachael A. Honig.

Zeeshan Khan, 22, and Maaz Ahmed Shamsi, 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez of Camden Federal Court to a brief accusing each of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

According to the documents filed in this case and the statements made in court:

As part of an international fraud scheme, criminal call centers based in India have used robocalls for victims 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. 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 posing as agents of the forces of the United Nations. order of the FBI or the Drug Enforcement Administration, and threatened victims with serious legal or financial consequences if they did not comply. Another method used by callers was to convince victims that they were talking with someone from a technical support company and to force victims to grant the caller remote access to their personal computers, and through this, to the bank accounts of the victims. By manipulating the victims’ bank accounts, the appellant would convince the victims that an overpayment had been made to the victims and ultimately ask them to send money by mail or wire transfer to other members of the conspiracy, including Shamsi and Khan.

As part of the scheme, Shamsi and Khan are accused of receiving fraudulent wire transfers from 19 victims across the country totaling approximately $ 618,000.

The charge of 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. The conviction of the two defendants is scheduled for December 6, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited Special Agents, Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations, New York Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in charge John F Grasso; and special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, New York Office of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) – El Dorado Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, the investigation having led to the charges.

The government is represented by Special Assistant to the United States Attorney Meriah Russell of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Camden.

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