MBA grad, 2 others held for cheating

An MBA graduate and his two accomplices have been arrested for duping people to the tune of Rs 1 crore on the pretext of installing mobile towers on their premises, police said on Sunday.

The mastermind Snehil Toshniwal, a graduate from Delhi University and MBA degree holder from Sikkim Manipal University, used to run his racket through a call centre at Budella in Vikaspuri.

The Crime Branch nabbed Toshniwal, 29, Rohit Bhatia, 23, and Rahul Rajput, 23, for their involvement in cheating people on the pretext of installation mobile towers on their properties on rental basis.

“Various registers and other incriminating documents with Tata Docomo stamps have also been seized. Their scrutiny revealed that the accused have also cheated people on the pretext of cheap holiday packages and providing cheaper loans,” said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) in a statement.

The action was taken on the complaint of Harminder Singh a resident of Jalandhar, Punjab. He had filed a complaint with the Crime Branch that he had been cheated by ‘Amelio Group’ on the pretext of installing mobile signal tower of Tata Docomo on his premises.

“In January 2015, some unknown person called him impersonating as the staff members of Delhi-based Tata Docomo office and proposed to install a mobile signal tower on his property in lieu of which he will be getting Rs 1,20,000 as advance rent apart from a monthly rent of Rs 40,000,” police said.

“On the directions of a tele-caller, the complainant paid him an amount of Rs 15,000 through cheque as ‘refundable registry fee’ which was credited in an account of IndusInd Bank maintained by Snehil Toshniwal in the name of M/s Amelio Group.”

A total of Rs 93,000 was deposited by the complainant in the bank accounts of Amelio Group, police added.  “On February 5 the complainant received a cheque of Rs 1,57,300 through a courier from Amelio Group. But it was forged.”

During investigation, it was found that the phone numbers through which the victim was contacted were procured on the basis of forged documents. “The bank account in IndusInd Bank, Lajpat Nagar, where the complainant had deposited the amount was in the name of M/s Amelio Group with its office at Village Budella in Vikaspuri,” police said.
“The Amelio Group had already closed their call centre cum office situated at given address in village Budella and shifted to a new place. The team was able to locate the new address of Toshniwal and arrested him.”

On his instance police arrested the other two accused persons. According to police, Toshniwal and an absconding criminal were previously working with call centres. They took away customers data while leaving their jobs and started calling and targeting such persons on the pretext of installing mobile phone tower. “They had set up a call centre and employed 14-15 tele-callers at Budella in Vikaspuri on rented premises,” said police.
DH News Service

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