Fake certificates sold for Rs 5,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh, five fraudsters caught

Fake certificates sold for Rs 5,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh, five fraudsters caught

After the arrest of five persons, police on Thursday claimed to have unearthed a racket indulging in selling fake degrees, certificates and diplomas for Rs 5,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh per certificate.

The accused have been identified as Ramdev, Atul, Sabia Khan, Pawiter Singh and Jitender. “They were also issuing certificates related to paramedical courses which were used to get employment in hospitals and for going abroad,” said Ajay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East).

Police have recovered blank certificates of Council of Paramedical and Technical Education, Delhi Board of Senior Secondary Education, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Council of Basic and Technical Education, Delhi Board of Senior Secondary Education and Council of Basic and Technical Education.

Police said a probe was taken up after Akshay, a resident of UP’s Muzaffarnagar district, complained that a man named Ramdev had provided a fake ‘Intermediate Schooling Council of Education’ certificate for class 12 for Rs 42,000.

Akshay had initially paid Rs 30,000 in two instalments to Ramdev. “Akshay was later told that his mark sheet was ready, but he needed to pay an additional Rs 12,000,” Kumar added.

After the payment, Akshay got a mark sheet, but later found that it was fake. He approached police and a case was registered with New Ashok Nagar police station.During investigation, Ramdev was arrested by laying a trap at the instance of Akshay. Ramdev further led to the arrests of Atul and Sabia.

Sabia was taken on police remand, and she disclosed that the certificates were prepared by Pawiter and Balvinder. “A raid was conducted at her instance in Jalandhar. Pawiter and his manager Jitender were arrested, but Balvinder is absconding,” Kumar said.

Huge recoveries of fake certificates in the name of various candidates/students, blank certificates, degree register, documents, printers, computers and scanners were recovered.

It was revealed that Pawiter, Jitender and Balvinder had opened an office in the name of ICS Education at Jalandhar. They employed agents on commission basis to bring students, who wanted educational qualification certificates or degrees

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