Transcript for Debt Collection Scammer Sentenced
Next tonight, an ABC news investigation about Americans threatened over the phone to pay back money, loans they don't even owe. Tonight, that investigation, you saw right here, getting results. ABC's chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross tracking down the people who authorities say were behind the scam. Reporter: A victory tonight for Americans scammed by crooked debt collectors. My name is officer William Johnson. Reporter: Often posing as police officers threatening to make arrests, armed with the victims' sensitive information. Let me reveal the last four digits of your social. It's 9281. Reporter: Cindy Gervais of New Orleans says she was scared into paying almost $2,000 she did not owe from a loan she had already paid off. I would spend the night in jail and my family wouldn't be able to get me out. Reporter: Our ABC news investigation tracked the scammers to a call center in India. Can you please switch this off? Reporter: I'm Brian Ross from ABC news. And we found the man authorities called its American connection, kirit Patel of Tracy, California. Can you explain what happened here? I have retained an attorney and I've got no more comment. Reporter: Today, the federal trade commission announced Patel has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to fraud charges. And that he and his associates back in India have been banned from the debt collection business. Authorities say Patel and his associates scammed their American victims out of more than $5 million. While this operation has been shut down, authorities warn there are others still out there, still operating. All right, Brian, our thanks to you tonight. When we come back here,
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