3 Florida men charged in TN theft scheme - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

3 Florida men charged in TN theft scheme

Gopalbhai Patel (left), Ashokkumar Raval (middle), and Riptesh Patel (right) were charged with money laundering and theft (SOURCE: TBI) Gopalbhai Patel (left), Ashokkumar Raval (middle), and Riptesh Patel (right) were charged with money laundering and theft (SOURCE: TBI)
NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) -

Three Florida men have been arrested and charged with theft from Tennessee residents.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Gopalbhai Shivramdas Patel, 59,  Riptesh Hasmukhlal Patel, 35, and Ashokkumar Prabhaker Raval, 63, were involved in fraud that had ties to Tennessee.

TBI special agents obtained arrest warrants for the three men on October 19. The warrants were obtained out of Williamson County and the three individuals were arrested in Tampa, Florida.

Agents said the three men were involved in receiving and laundering money obtained through a scam. According to the TBI, victims were contacted by phone and threatened with arrest if they did not place money into a bank account provided by the three men. 

"Information obtained during the investigation showed that over a three-month period between 2014-2015, the three men received over $900,000 from the scheme, and subsequently funneled money into the overseas account. As the investigation progressed, information was developed that the fraudulent bank accounts in question were initially opened in Williamson County," according to the TBI.

Each man is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft over $250,000 and one count of money laundering. All three are being held without bond on the charges from Tennessee.

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