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www.newsindiatimes.com – that’s all you need to know By Ela Dutt he man who snuffed out a promis- ing Indian-American teen’s life in a hit-and-run Nov. 10 in NewYork, has yet to be caught and identified. Taranjit Parmar, 18, was driving her 2018 Jeep traveling eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, N.Y., late afternoon Nov. 10, when her vehicle was struck at 4:58 pm, by a red pickup truck. The truck was traveling northbound, attempting to turn eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike in the vicinity of Gardiners Lane, according to an account posted by Nassau County Police Department on its website. After what appears to have been a “minor collision” according to police, both drivers immediately pulled off the roadway at 3300 Hempstead Turnpike. According to NewYork Daily News, Parmar and the truck driver pulled into the parking lot of a nearby Ultra gas station. While Sandhu was out of her vehicle, the male subject fled the scene striking her and running her over, police said on the website. The hit-and-run driver fled east- bound on Hempstead Turnpike. Parmar sustained injuries to her head and chest and was taken by Nassau County Police Ambulance to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead by a staff physician. Taranjit Parmar, 18, killed in a hit-and- run incident Nov. 10 in Levittown, N.Y. (Photo: Facebook) Three days later, the driver of the hit- and-run vehicle remains at large. “The investigation is still ongoing. There are no new developments,” a spokesperson for the Homicide Department of Nassau County Police Department told Desi Talk. Meanwhile, family and friends are dev- astated. Parmar’s Facebook which remains online, has several messages from those mourning her untimely death. “R.I.P Beautiful as a mother my heart hurts for you and your family,” said one Azeeza Ali; “Wish strength to Family, Friends and Community to accept the immense loss of such a talented young person,” said A Singh Singh; “Prayers to the family and friends,” saidWilliam Gonzalez. According to NewYork Daily News, Parmar was on the phone with her mother when she was run over in the middle of rush-hour traffic. Parmar’s father, Ranjit Parmar, told Daily News, “She had called my wife and said, ‘Hi, Mom,’”, 50, told the Daily News. “Then she said ‘Oh, no, Stop!’ and the call got disconnected. There was no answer after that.” The young Indian-American was a den- tal student at Adelphi University, a private higher education institution in Garden City, Long Island, which she joined last year, according to Facebook. The initial “minor” accident took place barely ten minutes from home where Parmar was headed. “A witness said she had stepped out of her car and looked at the damage and then approached the pickup truck to talk to the other guy, but the other guy basically took off, dragging her along with him,” her father Ranjit Parmar, is quoted saying in the Daily News. “She bore all the responsibility to carry the family, carry her education. I always told everybody who would listen to me, if you’re going to have a daughter, this is the one,” he said, according to a pix11.com news report. as he visibly fought back tears. Parmar’s older cousin, Tarnjot Parmar, wrote a moving tribute to her younger cousin on her own Facebook page —“My cousin, Taranjit Parmar , was a bright young woman with so much to offer this world. She wanted to help others. She was a role model for her younger sisters. She did not deserve this injustice. Taranjit was taken from us too soon. .. My uncle was finally able to muster some strength to speak to the press tonight about his eldest daughter urging the public to come for- ward with any information. … If anyone has any information, please, please come forward. Call Nassau county crime stop- pers. No detail is too small, any informa- tion will be helpful and appreciated. …We just want justice for my little cousin. Taranjit deserves justice. May my little cousin’s soul rest in peace.” Police are hoping that those who saw the incident happen during rush hour and heavy traffic could call in the tips that would lead them to the perpetrator. Anyone with information should contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 244-TIPS. All callers will remain anony- mous. Driver In Fatal Hit-and-run Incident That Killed Indian-American Teen Still Not Caught: Nassau County, NY Police Department Taranjit Parmar, 18, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Levittown, N.Y., Nov. 10. The driver who drove over her and killed her is still being sought three days after the incident. T By StaffWriter A ll 24 Defendants in the United States, most of them of Indian ori- gin, have pleaded guilty in an inter- national call-center scam that operated from India and involved some 61 people, all of whom were charged in the crime. The last U.S.-based defendant, Indian- American Illinois resident, Miteshkumar Patel, 42, pleaded guilty Nov. 13, to money laundering conspiracy, joining six other defendants who recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for their roles in liqui- dating and laundering victim payments generated through a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money launder- ing scheme perpetrated by a network of India-based call centers responsible for defrauding U.S. residents of hundreds of millions of dollars. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7, 2018, according to a U.S. Justice Department press release. Miteshkumar Patel, most recently resid- ing inWillowbrook, Illinois; Sunny Joshi, 47, of Sugar Land, Texas; Jagdishkumar Chaudhari, 39, of Montgomery, Alabama; and Rajesh Bhatt, 53, of Sugar Land, TX, each pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy. Raman Patel, 82, of Gilbert, Arizona; Praful Patel, 50, of Fort Myers, Florida; and Jerry Norris, 47, of Oakland, California, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering offenses. The pleas were entered before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas between Sept. 22 and Nov. 13, except for Raman Patel’s plea, which was entered before U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Burns in the District of Arizona on Nov. 6. According to admissions made in con- nection with their pleas, Miteshkumar Patel, Raman Patel, Joshi, Jagdishkumar Chaudhari, Bhatt, Praful Patel, Norris and their co-conspirators carried out a com- plex scheme in which individuals from call centers located in Ahmedabad, imperson- ated officials from the IRS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and engaged in other telephone call scams, in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the United States. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center oper- ators targeted U.S. victims and threatened them with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government. Victims who agreed to pay the scammers were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing general purpose reloadable (GPR) cards or wiring money. Upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the United States to liquidate and launder the fraudulently obtained funds. Based on admissions in Miteshkumar Patel’s plea — beginning in or around 2013, Miteshkumar Patel managed a crew of a half dozen domestic runners involved in the criminal scheme, liquidating as much as approximately $25 million in vic- tim funds for conspirators from India- based call center and organizational co- defendant HGLOBAL. His emails, text messages andWhatsApp messaging revealed his connections to co- conspirators. In an intricate scheme, he and his runners purchased reloadable GPR cards that were registered using the misap- propriated personal identifying informa- tion (PII) of unsuspecting victims that were later used to receive victims’ funds, and used those reloadable cards containing vic- tims’ funds to purchase money orders and then deposit those money orders into bank accounts, as directed, while keeping a por- tion of the scam proceeds as profit. Last U.S. Defendant Pleads Guilty In Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting Americans By StaffWriter V ijaykumar Krishnappa, 29, an Indian national, pleaded guilty Nov. 8, to assaulting a girl on a flight from Seattle, Washington to Newark Liberty International Airport this July. Documents filed in the case and state- ments made in court show Krishnappa intentionally assaulted a girl, who he did not know, seated next to him on the flight July 23, according to a press release from New Jersey Acting U.S. AttorneyWilliam E. Fitzpatrick. Krishnappa admitted to U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark in Newark federal court, that he intentional- ly touched the victim near her groin over her leggings without her consent, while she was asleep. He will be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2018, to anywhere between 30 and 90 days in prison. Man Admits To Assaulting Girl On Plane Community 13 News India Times November 24, 2017

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