Call Center Tax Scammers Sentenced in Houston!

Posted 7/23/2018

Twenty-one members of a large-scale India-based fraud and money-laundering conspiracy faced sentencing hearings in Houston, Texas last week. The defendants were linked to India-based call centers that targeted U.S. residents; between 2012 and 2016 they were part of a criminal enterprise that impersonated officials from the IRS, threatening individuals arrest, imprisonment, fines, or deportation if they did not pay money, including back taxes and fines, allegedly owed to the government. TIGTA head J. Russell George said the sentences, which included jail sentences of up to 240 months “validate our efforts to bring to justice scammers who defraud taxpayers by impersonating employees of the Internal Revenue Service.”