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The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office obtained guilty convictions and will provide the victims of a nationwide fraud scheme their money back in a resolution of a Berkshire Superior Court case.
5/12/2022
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BERKSHIRE COUNTY — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office obtained guilty convictions and will provide the victims of a nationwide fraud scheme their money back in a resolution of a Berkshire Superior Court case.


Ajaykumar Chaudhari, 26, of Pownal, Vt. and Jitendra Chaudhari, 29, of Williamstown pled guilty on Monday to larceny over $1,200 by single scheme and attempt to commit a crime to wit: larceny over $1,200. In December, a third defendant, Parth Chaudhari, pled guilty to the same charges. Combined, the three defendants will pay $212,924 in restitution.


“The victims in this case overwhelmingly supported a resolution that would return the most money in the most timely manner while sparing them, many of whom are aging and live out of state, from having to travel to Massachusetts to testify,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.


“I’m proud that my office found a resolution that secured guilty convictions and restored the victims’ loss. I thank the Adams Police Department for their detailed and thorough investigation into this scheme.”


The court required that the defendants provide restitution payments before accepting the plea, ensuring that victims get their money back quickly and in a more significant amount than through a jury trial and subsequent restitution hearing.


The three operated a multi-state scheme intended to defraud individuals through phone scams. Police in other jurisdictions in the country alerted Adams Police in March 2020 that victims were sending packages of money to addresses in the town of Adams.


Adams Police and the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office conducted a three-month investigation. Police in Lanesborough, North Adams, Pittsfield, Williamstown, Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office assisted.


During that investigation, victims and law enforcement intercepted and returned packages victims sent totaling $106,000. In June, local law enforcement executed 27 search warrants, identifying a business in Adams as serving as the headquarters.


The court filed the guilty convictions of Ajaykumar Chaudhari and Jitendra Chaudhari for two years and sentenced Parth Chaudhari to time served, which was approximately eight months.


Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.

Media Contact for Berkshire District Attorney’s Office Obtains Guilty Verdicts and Restitution in National Fraud Scheme Case

Berkshire District Attorney's Office 

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's Office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.
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