Three Indian Americans are among eight defendants sentenced in Atlanta, Georgia, for their roles in an India-based call center fraud scheme that victimized thousands in the United States resulting in over $3.7 million in losses. The sentences ranged from six months to four years and nine months in prison.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Mohamed Kazim Momin, 33, of Norcross, Georgia; Mohmed Sozab Momin, 23, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; and Palak Kumar Patel, 30, Clarkston, Georgia and others were involved in a sophisticated scheme organized by co-conspirators in India, including a network of call centers in Ahmedabad. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center operators called potential victims while impersonating officials from the Internal Revenue Service or individuals offering fictitious payday loans.
The call center operators would then threaten potential victims with arrest, imprisonment, or fines if they did not pay taxes or penalties to the government. If the victims agreed to pay, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of U.S.-based co-conspirators to liquidate and launder the extorted funds by purchasing prepaid debit cards or through wire transfers, including through MoneyGram and Western Union, to the attention of fictitious names and U.S.-based defendants and their co-conspirators.
Mohamed Kazim Momin is sentenced to four years and nine months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, while Mohmed Sozab Momin got four years and three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $833,938.20 in restitution. Patel was sentenced to eight months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $49,640.36 in restitution.
Others sentenced include Rodrigo Leon-Castillo, 46, of Katy, Texas; Drue Kyle Riggins, 24, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Nicholas Alexander Deane, 26, of Tucker, Georgia; Jantz Parrish Miller, 25, Stone Mountain, Georgia; and Devin Bradford Pope, 25, of Chamblee, Georgia.
These eight defendants were charged along with five Indian call centers and seven Indian nationals in a 27-count indictment with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.