NEW BRUSNWICK, NJ - An Edison man has pleaded guilty to his part in an international-based computer scam that stole $25,000 from 83 senior citizens, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.
Mohammed Alam, 25, is expected to be sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in Superior Court to a charge of third-degree theft of moveable property, Carey said Thursday.
Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Russell Curley, who handled the case, will recommend the probationary sentence as part of a plea agreement, but will also require Alam to pay full restitution to his victims, according to Carey.
He said Alam conspired with parties from a call center in India that used his Edison based company, Infusion Micro, LLC, to accept payments from the victims.
Authorities said the scam was initially discovered by Detective Sergeant Aaron Wojtkowski of the Newbury Police Department, in Massachusetts, when a resident there reported that she had been contacted by someone on behalf of Microsoft.
The elderly woman told police that the caller claimed she had a problem with her computer and for a fee they could fix the problem remotely, law enforcement authorities said.
They said police investigated and found that from Aug. 1, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2018, the scam cheated residents in Massachusetts as well as residents in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Police traced the payments to Infusion Mirco LLC, in Edison, and notified Edison police, Carey said.