Nikita Natvarlal Patel (25), who has pleaded guilty to third-degree money laundering in an IRS-related scam, has been sentenced to three years probation by a New Jersey judge and will likely be deported to India.
Nikita was a runner for an unidentified scam call center gang operating from India.
Employees of the Indian call center telephone Americans and threaten them with arrests unless they send ‘back taxes’ to a Moneygram or Western Union account.
As a runner, Nikita would pick up the money at a Moneygram store location in New Jersey, keep a cut for herself and send the rest to the Indian crooks.
Hundreds of Americans have been fooled by Indian call center crooks claiming to be from the IRS or Microsoft support center who offer to remove viruses from the victims’ computers.
The Piscataway Police Department warned New Jersey residents Monday, February 1, 2016 that the ‘IRS Scam’ was continuing.
Here’s what the Piscataway Police Department wrote on its Facebook page:
We’ve received about a dozen phone calls reporting individuals calling our residents pretending to be agents from the Internal Revenue Service. Don’t fall for this scam!! Just hang up! As we’ve posted before, the IRS will never call you on the phone.
If you receive a phone call from one of these scammers, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Susan J. Steele described scams like the one that Nikita Patel was part of as an “endemic problem.”
Nikita is in New Jersey on an expired visa.