An Indian truck driver in the United States has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $ 4,710 for money laundering and gun-related offenses, according to the Justice Department.
Lovepreet Singh of Indiana pleaded guilty in March to one count of money laundering, he said.
He admitted to receiving and forwarding money obtained by his co-defendants as a result of the fraud scheme, and one count of illegal possession of a firearm, he said.
Singh, who worked as a truck driver, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and deposited $ 4,710 in restitution for money laundering and gun-related offenses, the Justice Department said on Friday.
According to the indictment and court testimony, beginning in 2015 and continuing through 2018, Mr. Singh conspired with nine other defendants, located in the United States and India, to commit the federal offenses of electronic fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud in addition to offenses. money laundering, aggravated identity theft and breach of fictitious obligations.
The conspirators would obtain the phone numbers and email addresses of computers belonging to various people in the United States, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
The conspirators established and operated various business entities such as World Tech Assistance and US Support Inc., in Mississippi and elsewhere in the United States.
They hired call centers in India, which would make calls to US numbers and appear to come from toll-free numbers based in the US.
They would call victims in the United States, informing victims that malware and ransomware was infecting victims’ computers and devices, and that victims should contact conspirators for help, federal prosecutors said.
According to court documents, they mistakenly identified themselves as “Apple Support” or “Microsoft” or other legitimate and well-known technical support services, and offered to help remove the software in exchange for payment.
âVictims responded to conspirators ‘phone calls and pop-ups to send money and payments by wire transfer, check and other means. Victims also granted conspirators access to victims’ bank accounts and to the computers of the victims. victims, allowing the conspirators to continue enriching themselves by the fraudulent appropriation and the removal of the money and property of the victims, “he added.
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