IRS Scam Leader Sentenced to More Than 14 Years in Prison

NEW YORK  (AP) -

The leader of a group that duped American taxpayers into sending it millions of dollars has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison.

Sahil Patel was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan for wire fraud conspiracy and other charges.

Patel committed the crimes from December 2011 until his arrest in December 2013.

The prosecutors say that people at call centers in India impersonated U.S. law enforcers and threatened victims with financial penalties and arrest if they didn’t send payments.

They say Patel exploited “desperate” co-conspirators — especially women.

In a letter to the sentencing judge, Patel said he made “bad decisions” and begged for mercy.