Two Indian-Americans have pleaded guilty to the charges of their involvement in a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme in the US perpetrated by India-based call centres.
The Department of Justice said, Bhavesh Patel, 47, from Arizona and Asmitaben Patel, 34, from Illinois pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering offenses. Sentencing dates are pending. A total of eleven defendants have pleaded guilty on various dates between April and June.
According to admissions made in connection with their respective pleas, Bhavesh, Asmitaben and their co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which individuals from call centers located in Ahmedabad, impersonated officials from the Internal Revenue Service and US Citizenship and Immigration Services and engaged in other telephone call scams, in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the US.