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Rs 4.5-crore bill in 8 months

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2009 23:24 IST
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He used his education, experience and resourcefulness for the wrong reasons.

The son of a government servant, Ravi Kumar Sindhu (23), had allegedly almost forced an international courier chain into shutting its operations by posing as a senior employee and cheating more than Rs 4.5 crore from 75 people, police said.

A former bank employee, Sindhu’s racket spanned across Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad, the police said.

A graduate with four years’ experience as assistant manager at two prestigious international banks in the country, Sindhu used more than 56 mobile numbers and 10 mobile sets in a mere span of eight months to fleece people of their hard-earned money, police said.

“Educated and aware of the delivery pattern of a major international courier company, Sindhu would allegedly pose as a senior operative of the internationally-reputed courier chain, and acquire information about the credit card deliveries in various areas of the Capital from local delivery boys,” said H.G.S. Dhaliwal, DCP (south).

Police said the accused would then identify a particular area and plan his operations.

He would visit each area at the time of delivery scheduled by the courier and dupe people into departing with their newly-acquired credit cards on account of some error or the other minutes after the delivery had been made, police said.

According to the police, Sindhu would then make extravagant purchases using the cards. Among other items, a Hyundai Accent and household appliances were recovered from him.

Sindhu’s modus operandi was exposed on June 27 when he duped a resident of Sarojini Nagar into parting with a Citibank credit card delivered to their residence, police said.

“Identifying himself as a senior courier executive, he allegedly requested Manit Gupta, the complainant, to hand over the card she had received on the pretext of some correction only he was authorised to make,” the officer said.

“After acquiring the said credit card, the accused allegedly made away with the credit card and made purchases worth a staggering Rs 40,000.”

Acting on the final case registered against the accused before he was arrested, the police instantly in sync with the courier company apprehended the accused from a store in Sarojini Nagar, police said.