US Charges 61 In IRS Impersonation Scam, Aims To Extradite Connected Indian Call Center Workers

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 28, 2016
Phone Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged 61 people who worked at call centers that served as hubs for IRS impersonation scam activity, and seeks to have those still in India extradited to face trial, according to Reuters. The scam had been operating for the past three years, stealing more than $300 million people from at least 15,000 individuals by having workers say they were from the IRS and trick people into giving them money to pay back fictitious back taxes and penalties, according to Reuters. The charges were filed against individuals in both the U.S. and India. The government is seeking to extradite the 32 individuals who are still in India who are alleged to have taken part in the scam. If successfully extradited to the U.S., then the 32 workers, who were spread out over five call centers, would join the remainder of the defendants in the U.S., who were operating across eight states. CNN Money said that prosecutors are confident they have jurisdiction over the defendants in India, as the crimes took place in the U.S.. 

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