The Ulhasnagar crime investigation unit team has busted a racket involving fake educational as well as government documents, which includes SSC, HSC and final year mark sheets, income certificates, caste certificates, PAN cards, senior citizen ID cards and so on.
Inspector Shivajirao Deshmukh, Ulhasangar crime investigation unit, said, “The police received a tip-off that one Yogesh Vinayak Joshi, 34, residing at Abhishek apartments in Premnagar Tekdi, Ulhasnagar, was running a fake documents business at Mahalaxmi Estate Agents in Mahavir Complex. Our team raided the place and arrested Joshi. On searching the premises, we found 40 duplicate senior citizen cards, 24 duplicate PAN cards, HSC, SSC, Mumbai University mark sheets, a computer, scanner and printer.”
The accused confessed to his crime and also revealed the names of his three accomplices who helped bring in customers. Police arrested Ramesh Kondiba Gaikwad, 46, Suresh Sadhu Umaap, 47, and Sanjay Sitaram Fulore, 35, a primary school teacher.
Police said the accused had a simple modus operandi.
He used to scan all original government and education department documents.
Then, using his knowledge of computers, he would expertly delete the name and address on the original documents and when customer came to him, he would fill that person’s name in the blank spaces. He used to charge between Rs 5,000 and 50,000 for these duplicate documents. The police said the racket was active in Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts.