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DELHI POLICE EOW NABS ABSCONDING LADY ACCUSED FROM GOA IN CHEATING 250 CRORES FROM INNOCENTS ACROSS PAN INDIA

October 13, 2020 09:00 AM

INDUCED INNOCENT VICTIMS IN THE NAME OF HEFTY RETURNS BY INVESTING IN APP BASED TAXI AGGREGATOR (HELLO TAXI). , THE LADY ACCUSED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE ALLEGED COMPANY M/S SMP IMPEX PVT LTD (HELLO TAXI). • ACCUSED A PROCLAIMED OFFENDER WAS ABSCONDING AND FINALLY ARRESTED FROM SOUTH GOA AFTER SUSTAINED RAIDS AT DELHI,CHENNAI AND HYDERABAD.

  New Delhi (Face2News)

Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police has arrested absconding accused lady Director, aged 47 years, M/s SMP Impex Pvt Ltd in case FIR No 89/19 Dated 01/06/19 U/s 406/409/420/120B IPC PS EOW for duping hundreds of innocent people from a resort in South Goa.

Dr. O.P. Mishra, IPS , Jt. Commissioner of Police , Economic Offences Wing, said complainant Sh Dharmender S/o Sh Tara Chand alongwith other victims have alleged against the company M/s SMP Impex Pvt Ltd (Hello Taxi) having office at House No -191, Block-H, PKT-3, Sec-16, Rohini-110085 also at B-228, Pacific Business Park, Sahibabad Industrial Area, Site-04, Ghaziabad, UP-201010 and its Director/office bearer Mr Saroj Mahapatra, Mr Rajesh Mahto, Sunder Bhati, Harish Bhati, the accused lady Director and other Unknown persons for cheating and fraud by inducing them to invest in their company Hello Taxi and promised to pay higher rate of interest upto 200% on monthly basis. But the alleged neither paid the interest nor returned the invested money.

Total investors so far are more then 900 and their amount involved is around Rs. 250 Crores. 

During the course of investigation it emerged that the directors of the accused company actively induced the complainant/victims to part with their money on the pretext of high returns by investing their funds into Hello Taxi Company. The alleged company accepted bookings from the investors without taking approval from the concerned authorities like RBI/SEBI.

Total investors so far are more then 900 and their amount involved is around Rs. 250 Crores. 

During the course of investigation it emerged that the directors of the accused company actively induced the complainant/victims to part with their money on the pretext of high returns by investing their funds into Hello Taxi Company. The alleged company accepted bookings from the investors without taking approval from the concerned authorities like RBI/SEBI.

The alleged company initially paid returns to the investors to win over the confidence of the general public and stopped the payments after collecting huge money and fled away closing their offices. The locations of the company also changed frequently to trap fresh victims. Initially the company started its operation from Ghaziabad and after some months they shifted to 381 F.I.E, Industrial Area, Patparganj, Delhi-110092 and House No-191, Block-H PKT-3, Sec-16, Rohini-110085.

(1) Bank statements of the alleged company has been scrutinized and total amount of Rs 03,27,48,495 (Three Crores Twenty seven Lakh Forty Eight Thousand Four Hundred Ninty Five) have been got seized in the bank accounts of alleged company. Further 60 New cars, Make Hyundai Accent, worth Rs 3.5 Crores purchased from cheated amount have also been got freezed at M/s Nimbus Motors Pvt Ltd, Noida, Uttar Pradesh- 20130.During the further investigation other 33 vehicles have been identified and efforts are being made to seize their vehicles.

(2) The accused persons were evading the process of investigation from initial stages and sincere efforts were made for the arrest of accused persons at their given addresses but all were absconding. Possible hideouts have been checked but no clue found about the accused persons. Due to not joining of investigation by the accused persons, the legal proceedings were initiated and Sunder Singh Bhati, Rajesh Mahto, Saroj Mahapatra and the lady accused were got declared proclaimed offenders/absconders. Continuing efforts are also being made to apprehend the accused persons. The accused Rajesh Mahto was arrested on 23.08.20 and is presently in judicial custody.

MODUS OPERANDI

During the course of investigation it emerged that the accused directors induced the complainant/victims to part with their money on the pretext of high returns by investing their funds into new MLM type schemes based on operating other app based taxi services. They induced the public by organizing event meetings seminars at Five star hotels. The company employed smart eloquent persons. The accused lady Director used her hospitality industry background and her social status to impress and influence the victims. The accused company initially paid handsome returns to win over the confidence of the investors.

PREVIOUS INVOLVEMENTS

The following cases have also been registered against the directors of the accused company M/s SMP Impex Pvt Ltd

Case FIR No 1153/18 dated 17/12/18 U/s 506/406/471/468/467/420 PS Kotwali City Distt Bijnaur.UP., . Case FIR No. 221/19 Dated 28/07/19 U/s 420/406 PS Sadar Jhunjunu, Rajasthan.

ARREST

Several teams were constituted to trace and apprehend the accused persons. The police team comprising of Sub Insp Shiv Dev Singh, HC Jai Kumar and W/Ct Phoranti under the supervision of ACP Nageen Kaushik succeeded in apprehending the lady accused Director from South Goa after tracking the movements of accused from Chennai, Hyderabad etc. On the basis of secret information after a long chase and sincere efforts, the above mentioned police personnel successfully apprehended the absconding accused who was also a Proclaimed Offender.One vehicle Volvo XC-40 bearing number HP-97-3456 purchased from the cheated amount has also been recovered from her possession. The accused person is being produced before the Ld court. Further investigation is in progress.

 
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