What’s the matter?
A fraudster paid AT&T employees hundreds of thousands of US dollars to unlock mobile phones and install unauthorized tools and devices on the company's internal network for over five years between 2012 and 2017.
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The fraudster named Mohamed Fahd, 34, of Pakistan recruited AT&T employees at the customer service center in Bothell to disable the company’s protection against unlocking phones. This resulted in millions of mobile phones being removed from AT&T’s service or payment plans.
The fraudster, Muhammad Fahd has been arrested in Hong Kong on February 4, 2018, and extradited to the U.S. on August 2, 2019, for committing wire fraud, accessing a protected computer, and violating the Travel Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CAAA). For these charges, he is expected to receive up to 20 years of imprisonment.
“MUHAMMAD FAHD is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to violate the Travel Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, four counts of wire fraud, two counts of accessing a protected computer in furtherance of fraud, two counts of intentional damage to a protected computer, and four counts of violating the Travel Act,” the DOJ said.