Last week, it was announced that three residents of Lima, Peru had pleaded guilty to extortion for overseeing several call centers that were accused of threatening and extorting Spanish-speaking victims in the United States. 37-year-old Jesus Gerardo Gutierrez Rojas, 38-year-old Maria de Guadalupe Alexandra Podesta Bengoa, and 43-year-old Virgilio Ignacio Polo Davilla pleaded guilty last week.
Gutierrez ultimately admitted to overseeing a number of affiliated call centers in Peru. He admitted that the call centers falsely told Spanish-speaking victim in the United States that they incurred debts and would suffer consequences for failing to pay those debts. In reality, these individuals did not owe such debts.
Podesta and Polo admitted to managing and supervising two of the affiliated call centers. Many of the victims were elderly and vulnerable. The calls were placed using Internet-based calling services. Further details can be found here.