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3 Arrested in Transnational Fraud Indictments

According to the indictments, the accused impersonated government officials when they demanded money from their victims.

A scheme that allegedly netted three individuals more than $2 million has also netted them arrests and federal indictments in a case unsealed today in New York. According to the indictments, the individuals falsely claimed to be employees of the IRS, the Social Security Administration, or the Drug Enforcement Administration when they called victims and told them they owed the government large sums of money.

According to the indictment, Kamal Zafar, Jamal Zafar, and Armughanul Asar, along with others working in call centers in India, called thousands of victims between January 2018 and September 2018 and told them that they owed money which was to be paid immediately. Once the funds were wire-transferred to accounts established in the names of fake companies, the men allegedly laundered it through a series of additional fraudulent accounts.

If convicted, each of the accused could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

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