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Fake ID: Mumbai resident duped many across India

Officers said Lavate has targeted people from Delhi, Haryana, Gurgaon and Pune

mumbai Updated: Jun 20, 2018 01:03 IST
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Among these, is a Delhi-based builder, whom Lavate cheated of ₹6crore by promising him a loan of ₹600 crore.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION)

Kandivli resident Milind Lavate, who was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on Monday with fake government ID cards and VIP passes for Mantralaya and other central government offices, has cheated many people across India, officers said.

Among these, is a Delhi-based builder, whom Lavate cheated of ₹6crore by promising him a loan of ₹600 crore.

The accused posed as a senior government officer and convinced the builder that he can help him get a huge loan, using his influence in the government. The builder fell for it and paid Lavate a percentage of the loan in advance as his fees, a police officer said.

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Police arrested Lavate from Dindoshi area in Goregaon (East) after they received a tip-off. Officers said Lavate has targeted people from Delhi, Haryana, Gurgaon and Pune.

“During interrogation, the accused could not answer properly about the fake ID and VIP passes in his possession. So he was taken to the crime branch office and arrested,” the officer said.

Deputy commissioner of police (crime branch) Dilip Sawant, said, “The Delhi crime branch was on the lookout for Lavate. He had also cheated a businessman in Andheri and several others in Mumbai.”

Police are on the lookout for a suspect who supplied Lavate with fake passes and IDs.

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 01:03 IST