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NRI Moin Idrishbhai Pinjara sentenced to 29 months of imprisonment
in US for being involved in call centre scam

Los Angeles, Jan 05, 2023 A.Gary Singh

A 28-year-old NRI Moin Idrishbhai Pinjara pleaded guilty and sentenced to 29 months of imprisonment for being involved in a call centre scam. Pinjara is expected to face removal proceedings following his imprisonment. The court further ordered him to pay $635,103 in restitution to the victims of the conspiracy.

Between December 2019 and July 2020, Pinjara was a “runner” in an Indian-based call center scam. Callers in India would contact potential victims in the United States to extort money from them. Pinjara would then use aliases and fake identification documents to pick up parcels containing cash which the victims had mailed.

One common script used in the schemes involved coercing victims into believing federal agents were investigating them.  The “agent” on the phone would convince the victim the only way to clear his or her name from investigation was to send cash in a parcel package shipped through FedEx to a name and address they provided. Runners like Pinjara in the United States would then pick up the parcels.

Throughout the course of the investigation, law enforcement identified hundreds of victims of this scheme, with total losses exceeding millions of dollars. 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) consistently warns people of similar scams and encourages citizens to protect themselves.