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Call centre scam: Days after mastermind got bail, his sister surrenders

Twenty-four-year old Shaggy’s elder sister Reema was responsible for the finances and the money transactions.

mumbai Updated: Jun 22, 2018 01:00 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
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Sagar Thakkar, alias Shaggy, the alleged mastermind of the Thane fake call centre racke.(HT Photo)

Days after call centre scam mastermind Sagar Thakkar, alias, Shaggy, was granted bail on Monday, his sister Reema Thakkar, 32, surrendered to the Thane crime branch unit 1 in connection with the same case.

Reema was wanted in the fake call centre scam since October 2016. Twenty-four-year old Shaggy’s elder sister Reema was responsible for the finances and the money transactions.

Reema was produced in court and was remanded in police custody till June 23.

An officer from Thane crime branch said, “We had been searching for Reema for many months and got links to different states. Reema used to look after the financial transactions. Reema maintained the salary register.” Reema and Shaggy would distribute the employees’ salaries and she went underground as soon as the scam was unearthed, the officer said. Shaggy was arrested in April 2017.

“We are going to seize her laptops and other social accounts which we suspect she might have been using to contact her family,” he added.

On October 4, 2016, the Thane crime branch, along with the Thane rural police, raided seven call centres in Mira Road. and arrested more than 75 people.The call centre employees targeted loan defaulters in the US by posing as international tax officials and extorted millions.

First Published: Jun 22, 2018 01:00 IST