An Indian citizen has pleaded guilty to charges of participating in an India-based telemarketing scheme to try to embezzle about USD 60,00,00 from seven elders in the US.
Chirag Sachdeva, 30, was arrested by FBI agents on February 16 as he took off from a plane in Boston after flying from India.
He served as Chief Justice of the US District Court John J. McConnell Jr. admitted that he tried to rig money from the bank accounts of the victims, each of them over 65 years old, using personal and banking information across the US to the US Department of Justice’s India-based The telemarketing scheme said in a statement on Tuesday.
While executing the scheme, call center operators in India obtained personal and banking information from the victims’ computers through a remote access application and directly from the victims. Sachdeva admitted that he later attempted to use personal and banking information to misuse funds from the bank accounts of the victims.
Sachdeva admitted that he contacted an acquaintance in Rhode Island and enlisted him to assist in stealing money from the bank accounts of the victims.
According to court documents, an FBI investigation determined that Sachdeva provided personal and banking information to every person over 65 to enable online access to the accounts of at least seven individuals.
The statement said that the damage caused to these victims by the investigation amounted to $ 600,000.
Sachdeva was unaware of this, but his acquaintances in Rhode Island were assisting the FBI in investigating the fraud scheme.
Appearing on Monday, Sachdeva pleaded guilty to seven counts of wire fraud, United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and FBI Boston Division Special Agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta said.
Sachdeva, who has been in custody since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced on 8 December. Viral fraud carries a sentence of up to 20 years, supervised release of 3 years in federal prison and a fine of US $ 250,000.
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