Victims were told that they would need to purchase a gift card to stay out of jail or to fix their computer accounts.
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Fairfax County after conning people across the nation out of money through phone scams, allowing him to purchase $500,000 worth of gift cards.
Jiale Li of Blacksburg was arrested on Sept. 1 after an investigation revealed that he was involved in a phone scam operation where group members would pose as representatives at the Internal Revenue Services, Social Security Administration, Microsoft or the Drug Enforcement Administration.
He has been charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretense and money laundering. He is currently being held without bond.