Indian Immigrant ‘Amit Chaudhary’, Sentenced To 9 Years In Federal Prison for Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme.
Amit Chaudhary, an Indian Immigrant has been sentenced to 9 years in Federal Prison for Multimillion Dollar fraud scheme.
Amit Chaudhary said it was family loyalty that brought him in an international identity theft scheme.
The 44-year-old from Virginia said, “I never really dreamt of being a felon, this is going to trouble me for the rest of my life.”
The Indian immigrant helped his relatives overseas to operate a multimillion-dollar scam that includes money laundering from stolen credit cards and identities through fake bank accounts.
He was part of advertising cheap travel packages. Customers’ money would be stolen, and their hotel and airfare would be paid for with stolen credit cards. Over 1000 people were victims of this scheme when they found parts of their trips canceled after the fraudulent charges were discovered.
The team leading the scam made over $25 million off fake credit cards with the help of co-conspirator working at American Express India.
The scheme was founded out when one of the FBI agents recognized actress Laura Vanervoot in one of those passports and the image was taken from a television show.
With the help of the Image, the authorities came to know clear about some of the group’s online behavior.
Chaudhry’s lawyers said he was acting at the order of relatives in India.
“This was all done out of family faithfulness,” said Defence attorney Danny Onorato. But Chaudhary was also behind the visa fraud and embezzlement schemes.
Onorato said Chaudhry has been identified with Asperger’s syndrome, which might help explain his behavior. Katherine Wong, Assistant U.S. Attorney protested: “Asperger’s doesn’t make anyone steal or open credit card accounts in someone else’s name.”
But Chaudhry, who emigrated from India in 1992, was also behind visa fraud and misappropriation schemes that had nothing to do with those crimes.
Jeffrey Abish, the chief information officer for the defrauded company ActionNet said, What we’re dealing with here is not a casual wrong turn. Chaudhry sent inflated and imagined IT invoices to the company, netting $4.1 million that he has now committed to repaying.
Moreover, Chaudhry is cooperating with authorities, who are still finding more victims and tracking down co-schemers in the US and overseas. Five of those co-conspirators have already appealed guilty in Alexandria; two have been arrested in India.