U.S. breaks up vast I.R.S phone scam

Source: Christine Hauser, New York Times (Paid Registration)

With stiff sentences for 21 conspirators last week in the United States and a round of indictments in India, the Justice Department says it has broken up what appeared to be the nation’s first large-scale, multinational telephone fraud operation.

Over four years, more than 15,000 victims in the United States lost “hundreds of millions” of dollars to the sophisticated scam, and more than 50,000 individuals had their personal information misused, the department said last week. The money was routed through call centers in India back to the ringleaders in eight states.

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