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Thu Oct 27, 2016, 11:10 AM

US Charges 61 Defendants in Call Center Scam Based in India

Source: Associated Press

US Charges 61 Defendants in Call Center Scam Based in India

By ERIC TUCKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Oct 27, 2016, 11:33 AM ET

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Callers posing as tax and immigration agents are threatening arrest, deportation or other punishment unless money is sent to help clear up what they say is a deportation warrant or to cover unpaid income taxes.

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Now the Justice Department has charged 61 defendants in the United States and abroad in connection with a call center operation that officials say is based in India.

Federal prosecutors have just unsealed an indictment detailing the case.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell says authorities served nine warrants in eight states and arrested 20 people in the international fraud and money laundering scheme investigation. The case includes five call center groups.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-charging-61-people-call-center-scam-based-43103508

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