The U.S. Justice Department has charged 61 people and businesses with taking part in a phone scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service officials and demanded immediate payments for nonexistent debts.
The scam targeted more than 15,000 people who lost more than $300 million, officials said.
Numerous residents in the Mercer County area have received such scam calls from people claiming to be IRS agents over the past few years.
Twenty people were arrested in the United States on Thursday, and 32 people and five call center businesses in India have been charged in taking part in the scams, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.
Two dozen people in nine U.S. States who were allegedly involved in the scams have been indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.