Call center scammer who extorted millions from U.S. citizens sentenced to 7 years in prison


June 2, 2019

An Indian man was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for extorting U.S. citizens out of millions of dollars during his time operating a fraudulent call center in India.

Sharvil Patel, 23, was given the sentence by a federal judge in Tampa and fined $80,000.

According to NDTV, Patel and his co-conspirators pretended to be tax officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where they claimed their victims owned taxes that hadn’t been paid.

To make the victims comply with their demands, court documents say they allegedly threatened U.S. residents with fraudulent arrest claims and when it came time to collect the money, they forced victims to buy prepaid cash cards, where they sent their own employees to collect. Members of the call center fraud then opened bank accounts where they deposed the payments and eventually turned the money over after deducting a portion for their commission…