[VOIPSEC] VoIP Fraudsters Plead Guilty to 4.4Mill Crimes

Dan York dyork at voxeo.com
Sun May 22 17:19:44 PDT 2011


Thanks for passing along the info... the TMC link appears to be pretty much a verbatim posting of the FBI's news release on May 19th:


All the other online reports so far seem to be based off that news report as well.

Given the competition among ITSPs right now, I guess I'm sadly not surprised this happened.   Sounds like the typical age-old scheme of abusing credit... in this case it sounds like they made their operation look real enough to get by any due diligence done by the ITSPs prior to giving out credit.


On May 22, 2011, at 4:31 PM, J. Oquendo wrote:

> What I found unique about this is, they duped the ITSPs
> slash carriers:
> / Quote
> According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services transmit telephone calls over high-speed Internet 
> connections rather than over traditional land-based telephone lines. They do not usually travel directly from a caller to a recipient's computer, but rather through 
> computers belonging to several layers of intermediary VoIP service providers, or wholesalers. VoIP wholesalers charge different rates, typically by the minute, to 
> transmit VoIP calls.
> ...
> The companies were shell companies with no operations, the sole purpose of which was to induce companies that sold VoIP services-including AT&T, Cordial Communications, 
> Digerati Networks, France Telecom, Iristel, Keywest Communications, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, Pipeline Telecom, Primus Communications, Surfcreek Communications, and 
> Verizon-into providing those services to Tonangi and his co-conspirators on credit.
> / End Quote
> http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2011/05/22/5526919.htm
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