Ph.D. holder swindled Rs. 7.5-crore on pretext of jobs, arrested
Five people, including one who holds a Ph.D., have been arrested from Gurgaon for allegedly duping over 500 people of Rs. 7.5 crore on the pretext of providing them jobs in leading multi-national companies, Delhi Police said on Friday. The main accused Manoj Hota (44) is an MBA and has done his Ph.D. in Human Resources from a reputed university. Here are more details.
Main accused incurred debt after he set up a college
Hota used to work as a visiting faculty at various universities and colleges for a few years and later set up a college that did not run well and that landed him in a huge debt.
Accused created fake websites in name of multi-national companies
"The accused created several fake websites and email IDs in the name of multi-national companies, offered people managerial jobs there and then, citing various reasons like selection process, document verification or aptitude test, made them deposit money in various bank accounts," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy. More than 500 people have been cheated of Rs. 7.5 crore, police said.
He also recruited two engineers to dupe people
"Debt-laden, Hota decided to scam people. He recruited well-qualified persons like Ashish Ranjan (26), Abhishek Kumar (27), who are engineers and could talk fluently in English, to dupe people," the police said.
Police raided an illegal call center in Gurgaon
The matter came to light when police received a complaint from a resident of Uttam Nagar who was duped of almost Rs. 20 lakh by the accused. "After the location of the accused was tracked, a raid was conducted by the team at an illegal call center that the accused were running in Gurgaon. Five people, including the mastermind, were arrested," the DCP said.
Seven computers and laptops, 14 mobile phones seized
Apart from Hota, Ranjan and Kumar, police have also arrested Sonu Rawal (29) and Shaik Pintu Ali (28). "Seven computers and laptops and 14 mobile phones have been seized from the accused," the police said, adding further investigation was underway.