US charges 61 over India-based tax fraud


THE US Justice Department charged 61 people and entities yesterday (October 27) with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts. The scam, which had operated since 2013, targeted at least 15,000 people who lost more than $300 million. Twenty people were arrested in the US on Thursday, while 32 individuals and five call centres in India have been charged, the department said in a statement. The defendants, including 24 people across nine US states, were indicted by a grand jury in…

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