CBI arrests three accused including an imposter on the allegations of threatening, extorting money etc.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested three accused, including an imposter posing himself as a CBI officer & his accomplice on the allegations of threatening and extorting money from a Mumbai based businesswoman.
A case was registered on a complaint against two accused and other unknown persons u/s. 120-B, 384, 419, 420, 468 and 471 of IPC and Sec. 66 C & 66 D of the IT Act, 2000. The complainant alleged in the complaint that she was being threatened by some CBI officers in the name of making adverse report in an enquiry being conducted by CBI in which another Law Enforcement Agency had already finalized its report. For the said purpose, the imposters were calling the said Mumbai based businesswoman and sending Whatsapp messages using mobile numbers registered in fake names/addresses. It was revealed during verification that one of the suspects was posing himself as Special Investigation Officer, Sr.SP of CBI, ACB, New Delhi and the other as his subordinate CBI officer. The victim also received an email from the fake CBI email ID of the said imposter wherein she was asked to produce documents related to her firm and other personal details to CBI. During later conversations, the imposters allegedly asked her to pay Rs.10 lakh for the said purpose and later, the amount was reduced to Rs.5 lakh. The fraudsters were identified to be based out of Mirzapur (UP) and Bangalore. It was also alleged that the imposters were receiving directions from a person based out of Bengaluru who used to participate in the conversations between the victim and the imposters through conference calling.
CBI has apprehended the two accused at Mumbai Airport when they arrived in the city for collecting Rs.5 lakh from the victim. During investigation, it was revealed that the emails were spoofed by one accused based at Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), who was also arrested.
The arrested persons will be produced before the jurisdictional Court. Further investigation is in progress.