Evansville Company Accused of Acting as Gateway for Millions of Robocall Scams

Indiana's attorney general holds press briefing Thursday on lawsuit against Evansville company

Indiana's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an Evansville company accused of helping hundreds of millions of robocall scams reach the United States.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 1:55 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 4:51 PM

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita says he's filed a lawsuit against an Evansville company that's accused of acting as a gateway for hundreds of millions of robocall scams.

According to AG Rokita, Startel Communication LLC. was owned and operated in Evansville by Wanda Hall and Abhijit Chowdhury. 

AG Rokita says that with the help of Startel Communication, robocallers supposedly made over 4.8 million phone calls to Hoosiers and hundreds of millions of other calls across the United States, including scams like IRS and Social Security Administration imposter scams, "legal action" or "arrest" scams, computer support scams, Apple support scams, and Amazon subscription scams.

"In order to call into the United States, you need what is called a gateway - Startel Communication acted as the gateway for these foreign entities," AG Rokita said. He says the calls came from India, the Philippines, and Singapore.

The lawsuit also includes two California companies — Piratel LLC, and VoIP Essential LLC. AG Rokita says those companies knew Startel Communication was sending robocalls, and that they were each paid more than $100,000 to look the other way.

The lawsuit alleges the companies and individuals committed millions of violations of federal and Indiana law, with potential fines in the billions.

AG Rokita held a live press conference on the lawsuit on Thursday. You can watch that press conference on his Facebook page.

You can view a full statement from AG Rokita here.

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