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Former Elkhart officer found guilty of federal wire fraud | #phishing | #scams | #hacking | #aihp

SOUTH BEND ― A former Elkhart police officer has been found guilty of three counts of wire fraud and will face sentencing Dec. 14 in U.S. District Court. 

Junaid Gulzar, 32, of Goshen, was found guilty of the fraud charges last week in a jury trial presided over by District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana. 

Gulzar was accused of devising a scheme to defraud investors and obtain money through false pretenses by use of wire communications in interstate commerce. Gulzar had offered an investment opportunity in gas stations in Goshen and Plymouth promising a high rate of return with monthly payments, according to the release. 

But no payments were made to the investors from the Goshen gas station investment, and the Plymouth gas station was never purchased. 

Instead, some of the money wired to Gulzar by the investors was used for his own benefit at a casino.  

A settlement was reached last year in a civil lawsuit filed by Ariana Small, a childhood friend of Gulzar’s who lives in New York. She accused Gulzar of fraud, saying the officer failed to pay back over $300,000 that Small and her family invested with his company.  

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