MUMBAI, April 8 Indian police said on Saturday
they had arrested the alleged mastermind behind a call centre
scam that targeted thousands of Americans in the United States,
netting more than $300 million.
Sagar Thakkar, also known as Shaggy, was arrested at the
Mumbai international airport, Mukund Hatote, a police officer on
the case, told Reuters on Saturday. He gave no further details.
The U.S. Justice Department last year charged scores of
people in India and the United States with taking part in the
scam where call centre agents impersonated Internal Revenue
Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded
payments for nonexistent debts.
The department said at least 15,000 people had been targeted
by the Mumbai-run telefraud, losing more than $300 million.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Writing by Devidutta Tripathy;
Editing by Euan Rocha and Michael Perry)