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Indian sentenced to 22 jail terms for cheating US citizens

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Washington, Sep 17 (PTI) A US court has sentenced an Indian national to 22 years in prison for defrauding over 4,000 US citizens of over USD 10 million through call centers in India. Shahzad Khan Pathan (40) used to run a call center in Ahmedabad and calls were made to US citizens from there. The Justice Department said Thursday that after contacting them over the phone, they lured them into their trap by luring them to transfer money through cash and electronic means. Money to Pathan and his allies

Washington, Sep 17 (PTI) A US court has sentenced an Indian national to 22 years in prison for defrauding over 4,000 US citizens of over USD 10 million through call centers in India.

Shahzad Khan Pathan (40) used to run a call center in Ahmedabad and calls were made to US citizens from there. The Justice Department said Thursday that after contacting them over the phone, they lured them into their trap by luring them to transfer money through cash and electronic means. Pathan and his associates would reveal various schemes to entice people to remit money and posing as officers of law enforcement agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Implementation Administration (DEA) and other government agencies.

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Raj Parekh, acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said, “The perpetrator is the main conspirator of this crime and is sentenced to 22 years in prison for cheating more than 4,000 US citizens through a call center.” Pradeep Singh Parmar (41) and Sumer Patel (38) are also guilty and will be sentenced on September 20.

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