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Washington: An Indian woman was sentenced to three years’ probation for money laundering. 25-year-old Nikita Patel now faces imminent deportation. She is accused of playing the part in a phone scam. Thousands of dollars were netted from the victims across 32 stated in this 170,000 USD phone scam.

She had worked as a “runner’’, her job was to pick up the money sent by people. Authorities said that she fooled everyone into believing that they were owning the Internal Revenue Services(IRS) back taxes.

She used to cut a deal for herself and then send the rest to India. All the fraudulent phone calls were originated in India, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Brian Lynch said on Friday.

Another runner Akash S Patel was arrested with Nikita. Superior Court Judge Susan J Steele said that frauds like this perpetrated by her seem to be an endemic problem. She sentenced Nikita Patel to three years’ probation for a charge of money laundering on Friday.

The scam involved 72 people in 32 states, said the local prosecutors.

A deportation detainer was placed on her by the Federal government and as a result, she continues to be in jail.

The original charges on the ‘’runner’’ duo were the conspiracy to commit theft by deception. It is considered a second-degree crime. Nikita had pleaded guilty to third-degree money laundering according to the media reports.

Courts records stated that Akash pleaded guilty to a third-degree theft charge in November. He is also sentenced to probation and he has been since then deported.(Inputs from agencies)

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India Gets Its Sex Offender Registry

The latest statistics from India's National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016.

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People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India. VOA

India has launched a sex offender registry. The establishment of the database comes as the country is experiencing a daily wave of sexual crimes.

The information in the registry, however, will only be available to law enforcement officials. In contrast, in the United States, the public has access to information in sex offender registries.

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Indian women participate in a candle light vigil at a bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape in a moving bus had boarded the bus two years ago, in New Delhi, India. VOA

A home ministry statement said the 440,000 names in the Indian database includes people convicted of rape, gang rape, child sex crimes and sexual harassment. The registry also includes photos of the offenders, plus their addresses and fingerprints.

The latest statistics from India’s National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016. The figures for 2016 show there were more than 100 reported rape cases in India every day. (VOA)

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