Married couple arrested for defrauding others of over $400,000.
Neeraj Kohli and his wife Shweta Kohli allegedly took money from unsuspecting victims through a number of scams. In some cases, they threatened that their victims would be arrested if they failed to surrender cash for tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
An investigation into the pair began in early 2016 when the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident who had sent thousands of dollars to a man, believed to be one of the suspects. The man had claimed that the victim’s computer was affected by a virus and that she would lose data if she failed to pay for him to fix it. The suspects used MoneyGram to obtain funds from their victims and were seen on Walmart surveillance footage cashing the funds obtained through MoneyGram.
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office obtained a nationwide warrant for the two suspects and, with the help of U.S. Marshals, tracked the couple down to their home in Las Vegas, where they were arrested.
The Cowlitz County victim, alone, lost more than $35,000 in the scam. Police found three other victims in Washington state and numerous other victims across the country.
In Virginia, on victim alone lost more than $100,000 to the Kohlis. The couple scammed around $425,000 in total, comprising 239 MoneyGram transactions. There are believed to be further, unreported victims.