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Indian-American Arrested in $13 Million Tech Support Scam Targeting 7,000 US Victims

Manoj Yadav, a 40-year-old Indian-American from Clifton, New Jersey, has been apprehended in connection with a technical support scam that victimized over 7,000 individuals in the United States. According to US Attorney Philip R Sellinger, Yadav defrauded victims, primarily small business owners and the elderly, of more than $13 million.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and appeared in Newark federal court. Yadav and his co-conspirators posed as a legitimate technology support company affiliated with a major software firm, misleading victims into thinking they required technical support for software issues. They charged victims substantial fees for unauthorized support services, all while operating under various fraudulent business names.

Yadav funneled millions from victims to his co-conspirators and maintained these fraudulent operations to prevent chargebacks and account closures. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and significant fines.