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NEWARK, NJ- An international fraud scheme to cheat elderly victims across the US has been unearthed and two Indian nationals have been found guilty and have been sentenced to 41 months in prison.
The sentences were imposed on Arushobike Mitra, 29 years and Garbita Mitra 25 years in Newark federal court.
As part of an international fraud scheme, India-based call centers utilized automated robocalls to victims across the country with the intent of defrauding US residents, particularly the elderly.
After establishing contact with victims on these automated calls, members would force the victims to send large sums of cash. The cash was often asked to be sent via physical shipments or wire transfers to other members of the conspiracy. The conspirators would impersonate government officials from agencies such as the Social Security Administration, or they would resort to impersonating law enforcement officers from the FBI or DEA. The criminals then threatened victims with consequences if they did not comply. Arushobike Mitra and Garbita Mitra apart from jail terms have also been asked to three years of supervised release and to pay $835,324 in restitution.