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Mastermind nabbed for fraud!

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:36 IST

A case of deception and bank fraud against a Nigerian national has put Delhi police in a fix. So much so that they might need Interpol's help to solve the case!

Andrew (the man in question) has been arrested from Uttam Nagar area in West Delhi for embezzling money from his friend's account and also duping a five star hotel in the process.

Read on to know how this man masterminded the whole operation...

First, Andrew convinced his friend Babbar that he wanted to use the latter's bank account to receive money from his parents, as it was not possible for Andrew to open his own account with a student visa. For this, he promised to pay Babbar a particular sum every month to which the latter readily agreed. Unaware of his friend's malicious motives, Babbar fell into the trap.

Thereafter, UK's Imperial Hotel received e-mail from a person called Peter Morgan (Andrew's accomplice), which stated that Morgan was a missionary and had to book five deluxe rooms for holding a conference in Delhi. And for this purpose, the hotel could transfer Rs 10 lakhs from his account. Details of the credit card were also provided. Subsequently, the money got transferred to the hotel's account.

Later, the hotel authorities received another e-mail from the same person requesting a transfer of Rs 3 lakh to Babbar's bank account, as Babbar was looking after the transportation requirements during the conference. Morgan promised that the accounts would be settled once the conference is over. The hotel authorities then transferred the money to Babbar's account. And Andrew promptly withdrew the amount from Babbar's account.

What followed next was an interesting twist to the whole story. The hotel received an intimation from HFDC bank, which is the nodal bank for such money transfers, informing that they had cancelled the first bank transaction. The reason: Account details of some other person had been fraudulently used for the transaction done on the UK bank credit card.

Stunned by this disclosure, the hotel immediately lodged a complaint with the police. The police acted promptly and arrested Babbar since the money was transferred into his account.
It was only when Babbar was interrogated by the police, that the real story came into light and Andrew was arrested.

Investigations reveal that the same UK bank credit card has been used at least four times to cheat four other hotels.

Since foreign nationals and banks are involved, Police say that the case might need Interpol's help.

For now Andrew in under arrest and investigations are on and the case is likely to get transferred to the CBI.