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Mumbai call centre scam: ₹15 crore transferred abroad, say cops

The alleged mastermind of the Thane call centre scam had transferred the money from seven accounts

mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2017 01:06 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
Sagar Thakkar was produced in court on Wednesday and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
Sagar Thakkar was produced in court on Wednesday and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.(HT)

The Thane police have uncovered details of transactions worth crores of rupees done by Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the alleged mastermind of the Thane fake call centre scam. Shaggy was produced in court on Wednesday and has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

Police said transactions worth Rs15 crore were done from seven bank accounts in India. “ The money was sent to other countries and all the seven companies under which the accounts have been registered are fake. We are investigating the documents that were submitted to set up the accounts”.

According to the police, Shaggy also holds an account at Shanghai, Hong Kong, under a fake company — Top Jane Limited. A police officer said,”When our team went to Gujarat, we found a passbook and other documents related to the account at the Hong Kong bank. We have sent a letter to the police there, asking for more details of the account and the transactions that have taken place.

“ Shaggy said that the accounts were set up to secure loans for his company. But yet we have not found anything like what Shaggy says. Apart from this, the police team which had been sent to Gujarat have got physical evidences but need to properly investigate to produce in court” added officer.

The crime branch arrested Shaggy earlier this month after raids last October on his fraud call centres in Thane. The probe that followed found the centres were used as a front to cheat loan defaulters in the United States

The employees would pose as revenue officials to target loan defaulters. Sources said Thakkar took just 15-20% of the scam money, while the remaining went to his partners and employees.


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First Published: Apr 20, 2017 01:06 IST

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