Nikita Patel, a 25-year-old, Indian woman in the US has been involved in money laundering and in an USD 170,000 phone scam in which thousands of dollars were procured from unsuspecting victims from around 32 US states.
Her role was of a ‘runner’ picking up money sent by the people. She made people believe that they owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) back taxes. After taking her cut the rest was sent to India, from where the fraudulent phone calls were made to the victims.
The Superior Court Judge Susan J Steele sentenced her to three years' probation for a charge of money laundering and she faces deportation.
Local prosecutors said scam involved 72 people in 32 states. Federal government has placed a deportation detainer on her so she continues to be in jail. Akash S Patel, 33, another runner was also arrested. He was also sentenced to probation and was later deported.