People go abroad as a chance to stay away from nosy and annoying relatives and also the so-called Sharma aunts and Verma’s uncle who will interfere in every goddamn thing in your life. But a college intern from India was sentenced to 60 months in prison for providing tech support to a telemarketing scam that duped close to two dozen people of nearly a million dollars.
Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, 21, and several other interns from the same college in India who were in the US on hospitality industry internships defrauded a number of individuals of their retirement savings, the Department of Justice said Monday.
The duped Individuals were aged around 58 years to 93 and individually have been duped of between USD 1,180 and USD 174,300. The total amount of money amounts to around USD 937,280 as per the officials from the Justice Department.
During the search, police seized numerous items related to the operation of the scam.
A subsequent investigation determined that after the co-conspirators operating in Newport shared some of the proceeds of the scheme, large sums of money garnered from the scheme were transferred to a bank account in California. From there, the majority of funds were transferred internationally to India, China, and Singapore
US attorney Attorney Aaron L Weisman has said, “The Department of Justice takes very seriously, and will advocate for the imposition of substantial criminal penalties for targeting vulnerable, especially elderly, victims through the commission of federal crimes such as this.”