Five African nationals detained for ‘duping’ Vadodara businessman
Vadodara Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Friday arrested five African nationals in New Delhi for allegedly duping a city businessman for Rs 19.35 lakh under the pretext of selling CPU scrap. Police said the gang were involved in a racketeering attempt to turn coded US dollars (dollar-sized paper masquerading as real currency by coloring the edges) into real money by trapping unsuspecting victims.
Deputy Police Commissioner, DCB, Jaydeepsinh Jadeja said the criminal branch received a July 4 complaint from Rajesh Patel, who has an import-export business, claiming he was duped for Rs 19.35 lakh in online gang scam pretending to sell cpu scrap.
“The accused instigated the trader to transfer Rs 19.35 lakh via IMPS in several installments under the pretext of settling the problems at the customs service in Kanpur. But they did not send the CPU scrap according to their trade agreement for several days. The investigation revealed that the defendants were based in Delhi. We sent a team to Delhi and, with the help of technical, scientific and human intelligence sources, we arrested three people and two others after their pre-trial detention, ”Jadeja said.
The defendants have been identified as Benjamin Kouakou Ndri, Kaptu Ematurin Marie, Kitii Jacques Devalois, Martin Copere Ndimou and El Hadji Mahamane Touré – all arrested at Chhattarpur in New Delhi. Police also recovered 14 bundles of counterfeit $ 100 bills, bundles of black and white paper, two laptops and 18 cell phones from the accused.
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