PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Philadelphia man admitted on Wednesday that he orchestrated a $ 2 million scheme in which he falsely promised to sell personal protective equipment.
Gauravjit Singh, 26, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, according to federal prosecutors in New Jersey. He now faces up to 20 years in prison upon his conviction on February 10.
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As of May 2020, Singh instigated 10 victims to send him more than $ 2 million in total that he was supposed to use to obtain various personal protective equipment, prosecutors said. But he didn’t provide anything and instead spent the money on personal expenses – such as online gaming – and also transferred funds to his brokerage account.
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In one case, Singh made a deal that saw him be paid around $ 7.1 million in exchange for around 1.5 million medical gowns, which were ultimately to come from New York City. Victims wired him $ 712,500 as a down payment, but he did not deliver the items, then made more false statements and apologies to victims while falsely assuring them that they would receive the medical gowns.
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