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US: Indian college intern sentenced to 60 months for helping in telemarketing scam

A college intern from India was sentenced to 60 months in prison for providing tech support to a telemarketing scam that duped close to two dozen people of nearly a million dollars.

Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, 21, and several other interns from the same college in India who were in the US on hospitality industry internships defrauded a number of individuals of their retirement savings, the Department of Justice said Monday.Jha will face deportation proceedings upon completion of his term of incarceration.

The victims ranged in age from 58 years to 93 years and were duped of between USD 1,180 and USD 174,300. Over three months, the conspiracy defrauded individuals of at least USD 937,280, according to justice department officials.Federal prosecutors allege that the victims, who believed that they had purchased technology support, were led to believe that money had been erroneously refunded to their bank accounts by the tech support company.The victims were asked to return the erroneous refund and directed to send the money to the defendant and others. Some of the victims were told to send the money overseas.