NY man accused of cyber fraud of South Central PA victims using phony computer pop-ups

13 June 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kuldeep Jaggi, age 39, of Huntingdon Station, New York, was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Jaggi was a member of a conspiracy that operated a fraud scheme that targeted victims throughout the United States including Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In part, the fraud scheme was carried out by causing pop-up windows to appear on victims’ personal computers. These pop-up windows falsely stated the victims’ computers had been infected with a virus and instructed victims to call the telephone number provided to receive technical assistance.

It is further alleged that victims who called the number spoke with a member of the conspiracy who falsely represented himself to be a government agent or employee. During the telephone call, it was falsely represented to the victims that their compromised computers had been used to commit crimes for which they would be charged, and that for the virus to be removed from the computer, victims had to pay a fee in the form of cash or gold. Victims were instructed to hand deliver the cash or gold payment to an “agent” who was being sent to the victim’s homes.

The indictment alleges that Jaggi was one of the scheme’s “agents” who travelled to victims’ homes to pick up the cash or gold.  According to the Indictment, on October 3, 2023, Jaggi traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to collect approximately $64,000 in gold from a victim, and between September 26, 2023, and October 3, 2023, Jaggi traveled to Massachusetts, Idaho, and Texas where he collected a total of approximately $129,000 from three victims. 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Swatara Township Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph J. Terz is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the indicted offenses is 20 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release after imprisonment, a fine, and special assessment. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.