Bhubaneswar: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Crime Branch has arrested two cyber fraudsters from New Delhi on charges of cheating a person from Baripada in Mayurbhanj district to the tune of Rs 87 lakhs.
According to police, the accused duo Binod Kumar Singh and Sanjeev Kumar had befriended complainant Tapan Kumar Dash on Facebook and lured him to deposit money in different bank accounts on the pretext of opening a real-estate branch here.
On December 22, the complainant lodged a complaint with at CID, Cyber Crime Police Station alleging that in September 2018 he accepted the friend request of a lady claiming to be Christie Dawson of Switzerland.
As per the complaint, they exchanged a number of messages in WhatsApp where Christie Dawson made claimed that she owned a real-estate business in Switzerland and is interested to start the same in India.
On September 26, Tapan received a message from Christie Dawson that she was coming to India. However, after two days he received another phone call from one lady claiming to be a Customs Officer of Delhi Airport who informed that Christie Dawson has been detained along with 3 Lakh Pounds.
In the meanwhile, Christie Dawson convinced Tapan to deposit an amount of money for her release which she would return after the release of the seized pound. Accordingly, the complainant deposited money in the given bank account by the fake Custom Officer. The complainant also deposited money in different accounts of accused persons on different dates towards fine, tax, GST etc.
Thereafter, the complainant received information in his mobile that one United Nation agent is coming to Odisha with the released pounds converted to Dollars. Later, one John Skotan of South Africa claiming to be United Nation agent came to Bhubaneswar with a small iron box along with his personal luggage. He met the complainant in hotel Arya Palace John Skotan, where took out some black papers from a sealed bundle from the iron box and wiped outa black colour with the help of liquid available in a broken bottle.
The black colour disappeared and it looked like Dollar. Then John left Odisha for Delhi to procure the liquid leaving the locked iron box containing sealed bundles with the complainant. The complainant also deposited money in the account of accused for getting the liquid.
In this process, Tapan deposited a total of Rs 87 lakhs in different bank accounts of accused persons on different dates, the complaint further stated.
On the basis of the complaint, CID CB Cyber Crime Police Station registered a case (22/18) under Sections 419/420/34 of IPC and r/w Section 66-D of IT Act, 2000 and entrusted Inspector Sujata Khandual with the investigation of the cyber fraud case.
During the course of the investigation, the Crime Branch came to know that no person named as Christie Dawson exists and her detention of Customs at Delhi was also fabricated.
Following this, Investigating Officer Sujata Khandual arrested the accused persons from New Delhi on February 1 and booked them under Sections 419/ 420/ 467/ 468/ 471 of IPC & r/w Sec. 66C/66D of Information Technology Act, 2000.
Later the accused duo was produced before the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Court, New Delhi.
The Delhi court granted transit remand for a period of 5 days for production of the accused persons in the Court of SDJM, Baripada by February 6. Reportedly, the accused persons were forwarded to the Court of SDJM Baripada today.