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Nepal Police – U.S. Cooperation Leads to Prosecution of Fraud Scheme
March 1, 2023

Today, Nepali Police submitted additional evidence of criminal violations against Prithvi Shah and his associates to prosecutors for allegedly stealing over $4 million in a large-scaled fraud scheme targeting U.S. citizens and private enterprises.

In 2021 and throughout 2022, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network under the U.S. Department of Treasury advised Nepal’s Financial Intelligence Unit of the potential scheme which conned U.S. citizens into unwittingly transferring money to bank accounts controlled by Prithvi Shah. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and The U.S. Embassy helped gather additional evidence against Shah showing that he and his associates were engaging in organized crime. Nepal Police’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) arrested Prithvi Shah and six associates in January 2023.

This is not the first time Nepal Police and U.S. law enforcement cooperation has led to positive outcomes, which includes prosecuting and identifying cases of child sexual exploitation and information sharing on illegal drug smuggling.  In this case, CIB and the FBI will continue to jointly investigate this scheme and ensure victims will recoup their stolen funds from Nepal.