Indore: The Chandigarh Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has arrested a 29-year-old native of Jalandhar for allegedly cheating various businessmen across the country, including those of Indore and Ratlam.
The accused, Gurpreet Singh, is wanted in several cases of fraud where he had swindled crores of rupees by purchasing large consignments of brass and copper using fake demand drafts.
"Indore police will get in touch with their Chandigarh counterparts for his custody," Superintendent of police (headquarters) Dr Ashish told DNA. Besides Indore and Ratlam, Gurpreet is also wanted in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Ludhiana, Gujarat and Raipur. During preliminary questioning, the accused reportedly divulged names of his accomplices, Chandigarh police said. "He has revealed names of two banks whose employees were helped him in making fake drafts," a senior police officer said.
Gurpreet's modus operandi was simple. He would first identify copper and brass dealers in Gujarat, Ratlam, Indore and Raipur through internet. Later, he would create an e-mail address and send them messages saying that he wanted to buy some goods which he wanted to be delivered at a particular address.
After fixing the deal, he would ask for telephone number of truck driver who was transporting his consignment. Later, he would call the driver and ask him to deliver the consignment at some other place on the way. After receiving the consignment from the driver, he would load it into another truck and then give a fake demand draft to the truck driver. Once the transaction was over, he would destroy his mobile phone and SIM-card and even discard his e-mail address. Till date, Gurpreet has used nearly 40 mobile phones, numbers and e-mail addresses which were accessed through cyber cafes. He had also opened fake bank accounts and used several aliases including Sumit Arora, Sumit Kumar, Gurcharan Singh, Shanty and Bindra.
Madhya Pradesh police was also in the process of collecting information about his victims in Indore and Ratlam districts.