Man Arrested For Leading Role In $10 Million Tech Support Fraud Scheme That Exploited Elderly Victims

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Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced charges against VINOTH PONMARAN for participating in a conspiracy that for several years exploited elderly victims by remotely accessing their computers and convincing victims to pay for computer support services they did not need, and which were never actually provided.  In total, the conspiracy generated more than $10 million in proceeds from at least approximately 7,500 victims.  PONMARAN was arrested on Friday in Blaine, Washington, and will be presented in the Western District of Washington.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:  “As alleged, the defendant was a leader of a sophisticated fraud scheme that preyed on victims, including the elderly.  This conspiracy allegedly caused pop-up windows to appear on victims’ computers—pop-up windows which claimed, falsely, that a virus had infected the victim’s computer.  Through this and other misrepresentations, this fraud scheme deceived thousands of victims, including some of society’s most vulnerable members, into paying a total of more than $10 million.  Thanks to our partners at Homeland Security Investigations, this scheme has been dismantled.”

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