April 24, 2017
Taxpayers across the country breathed a sigh of relief after the arrest of Sagar Thakkar, a 24-year-old Indian man accused of running those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. Indian police arrested Thakkar earlier this month, claiming he was the mastermind behind the scam where callers posed as IRS agents to collect bogus tax debts. According to the local police, the lack of response from American law enforcement authorities familiar with the investigation has been deafening.
The call centers at the center of the scam investigation were headquartered in Thane, a suburb outside of Mumbai, India. In an interview with Forbes India, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh discussed Thakkar’s role in the scam, suggesting that he was more of a “greedy youngster than a hardened criminal.” Thakkar, known as “Shaggy,” was said to be making more than 10 million rupees ($155,000) a day, or over a million dollars per week, at the scam’s peak…Read Full Story