PROVIDENCE, RI — An Indian national who sought asylum in the United States and later played a vital role in ensuring that an international technology support program succeeded in scamming Americans, many of them elderly, out of their savings, was sentenced to six years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha announced.
While living in California, Angad Singh Chandhok, 34, operated a complex and long-running money laundering ring, in which he created and used front companies to move millions of dollars stolen from Americans through a online technical support program, then an online trip. fee scheme. Chandhok, who had at least five other people working under him, was in direct contact with high-ranking international members of the regime.
United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha said, “It is the sad reality that every day fraudsters around the world target vulnerable, elderly Americans in an effort to rob them of their savings and their means of subsistence; sophisticated criminals like Mr. Chandhok are an essential part of these fraudulent schemes. Fortunately, thanks to a superb investigation by Newport Police in transparent collaboration with Homeland Security Investigations, this defendant was brought to justice and held accountable for the financial harm he inflicted on his victims.
Newport Police Chief Gary T. Silva commented, “This case is a perfect example of how local Detectives Lt. Michael Naylor and Sgt. Scott Moody, working alongside the United States Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations, was able to track money taken from fraud victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and laundered in California and foreign countries. , and eventually arrested Chandhok and held him accountable.
“Chandhok operated a sophisticated money laundering network to launder fraudulent proceeds of scams targeting senior citizens, defrauding them of over $1 million. This laundering ring allowed fraudsters to smuggle the proceeds of their scams out of the country, but our investigation caught up with them. said Matthew Millhollin, special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations. “These types of scams are all too common and we encourage all other victims to come forward and contact law enforcement for assistance.”
According to court documents, Indian students present in the United States on visas, including four in Newport, RI, received funds from the victims of the technical support program. They then transferred the funds to accounts controlled by Chandhok for further laundering. Chandhok’s money laundering activity provided a critical link between participants in the fraud scheme in the United States and others operating internationally.
According to information presented to the court, Chandhok’s criminal activity spanned two years, during which he “cleaned up” at least more than $1.5 million. Government evidence showed that in just one month he had laundered nearly $930,000.
Chandhok pleaded guilty on August 19, 2019 to conspiracy to launder criminal proceeds. He was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. to 72 months in prison followed by 3 years of federal probation.
Chandhok is wanted in his native India for fraud, and he was an international fugitive from justice at the time he engaged in his sophisticated money laundering activities here in the United States.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert.