Indian-origin man in US sentenced to 4 years in jail for running fraud covid-19 scheme

Guaravjit ‘Raj’ Singh of Montgomery, New Jersey, pleads guilty before US District Court Judge Peter Sheridan to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud

Indian-origin man in US sentenced to 4 years in jail for running fraud covid-19 scheme

Photo for representation. iStock

PTI

New York, July 22

A 27-year-old Indian-origin man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for orchestrating a USD2 million scheme that defrauded victims by making false promises to them in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic.

Guaravjit ‘Raj’ Singh of Montgomery, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before US District Court Judge Peter Sheridan to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud.

Sheridan imposed the 46-month sentence on Wednesday in Trenton federal court, US Attorney Philip Sellinger said on Thursday.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, from May 2020, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, Singh engaged in a scheme to defraud and personally benefit by fraudulently inducing 10 victims to send him over USD2 million to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) and then stealing the money and not providing the PPE to the victims as promised.

Singh induced victims to enter into an agreement pursuant to which he would be paid approximately USD7.1 million for approximately 1.5 million medical gowns, which ultimately were to be sourced to the city of New York amid the covid-19 pandemic.

The victims wired Singh USD712,500, representing a 10 per cent initial deposit for the medical gowns.

After receiving these funds from the victims, Singh made additional misrepresentations and excuses to the victims, ensuring them that they would receive the medical gowns.

Instead of purchasing and delivering medical gowns, Singh used the funds for personal expenses.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Singh to three years of supervised release.

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Encounter under way in Budgam; Rahul Bhat’s killer among 3 LeT terrorists trapped

Encounter under way in Budgam; Rahul Bhat’s killer among 3 LeT terrorists trapped

The search operation turns into an encounter after the terro...

Man shot dead, another injured outside mall in Canada’s Surrey

Man shot dead, another injured outside mall in Canada's Surrey

Police have not disclosed the identity of the deceased but s...

Nitish dumps BJP; to be sworn in as  CM again with Tejashwi as deputy

Nitish dumps BJP; to be sworn in as CM again with Tejashwi as deputy

RJD says new alliance to oppose BJP’s ‘divisive agenda’ | BJ...

42-year-old mother, 24-year-old son clear Kerala Public Service Commission exam together

42-year-old mother, 24-year-old son clear Kerala Public Service Commission exam together

Son says while they both did not study together, they would ...

China confirms outbreak of new Langya virus, 35 people infected;

China confirms outbreak of new Langya virus, 35 people infected

There is currently no vaccine or treatment for the virus and...

Cities

View All