Suspects plead guilty in US multi-million dollars scam


WASHINGTON: Four suspects have pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from tens of thousands people, says the US Justice Department.

The department has charged a total of 61 individuals and entities — all Indians — in one of the worst impersonation fraud in the US history. The gang particularly targeted the Pakistani-American community because of their vulnerability. The scam began in June 2013 and continued through December 2015. This was the period when the Pakistani community in the United States felt particularly vulnerable because of the rapidly deteriorating US-Pakistan relations and some of them were easily persuaded to believe that they need to pay the scammers to avoid arrest.

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