Odisha’s EOW arrests another fraudster from Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneshwar: Stepping up its investigation into the illegal loan application case, the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Crime Branch has arrested another fraudster from Bhubaneswar.

According to reports, the arrested fraudster has been identified as Tarun Dudeja from Sector 48 in Gurgaon.

The EOW said Dudeja had been booked under Sections 294/506/507/420/467/468/120 of the IPC and Section 66 D of the Computer Act.

Tarun Dudeja is the director/owner of dubious companies – DIGITAL BATUA, IPAISA ONLINE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED, SWITZ INFOTECH PRIVATE LIMITED, BAZARPE INFOTECH PRIVATE LIMITED, Milanum enterprise and BACCHAT ONLINE. He used to dupe people in the name of giving loans online.

Apart from the arrest, the EOW also seized a total of 41 postpaid SIM cards on behalf of various other people.

The crime branch had previously arrested the director of an “IWT” front company, Mohd Javed Saifi from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. The investigative agency also froze cash of Rs 6.57 crore, which was found to be from him.

Dudeja and Javed Sahifi used to lure their employees/interested/vulnerable/poor people to open bank accounts and take sim cards using their names. These accounts would be used to funnel money raised through illegal loan APPs. The mobile/SIM numbers connected to these bank accounts would actually be manipulated by fraudsters. All related information/calls/OTPs would land on these mobile numbers which are operated by fraudsters and not by the actual/official account holder. This mechanism is used to create additional layers to confuse/distract law enforcement/police. Usually they use 3-4 coats before the money lands in the brain’s account.

The two defendants revealed that they paid around Rs one to two lakh to the person concerned for allowing the use of the bank/SIM account as a Mule account.

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