05 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Crime Branch has arrested two fraudsters on charges of duping a Baripada-based man of Rs 87 lakh on the pretext of a real estate deal. The accused have been identified as Binod Kumar Singh and Sanjeev Kumar of New Delhi.
In September 2018, the victim, Tapan Kumar Dash of Madhuban area in Baripada befriended a ‘woman’ on Facebook and started exchanging messages. He was told by the woman, Christie Dawson that she was into real estate business in Switzerland and was interested to invest in India.
Dash received a message from Dawson September 26, 2018 that she was coming to India. Two days later, he again received a phone call from a lady who identified herself as the customs officer at Indira Gandhi International Airport that Dawson was detained at the airport along with her GBP 300,000.
She requested Dash to deposit a ‘fine’ in the account to the customs officer to secure her release. Dash agreed and deposited money in different bank accounts which belonged to the fraudsters.
A few days later, he again received a message on his mobile that a man named John Skotan from South Africa would come to Bhubaneswar along with the money and repay him.
He met the person at a hotel in Bhubaneswar and was shown by Skotan that a liquid washed black coloured notes into US dollars. Skotan told Dash that as the amount of money is huge he needed a few more bottles of liquid to wash the notes and left for Delhi. Dash deposited more money in Skotan’s bank account.
In this process, Dash deposited a total of Rs 87 lakhs in different bank accounts of accused persons on different dates. On the basis of his complaint Crime Branch registered a case and investigated the matter.
The CB officers discovered that all the persons involved were cons and were guided by Binod and Sanjeev based in Delhi.
The duo were produced before the Metropolitan Magistarte at Patiala House Court on February 1 and were brought to Bhubaneswar on Tuesday after the end of their five-day remand.