Delhi cop posing as NRI transfers Rs 35 lakh into own account

PANAJI: A Delhi police constable posing as an NRI account holder in a nationalized bank branch in Goa transferred 35 lakh into his bank accounts in Delhi through an alleged fraudulent online transaction, but ran out of luck after cyber crime cell sleuths of Goa police cracked the hacking code and traced him with the booty.

Accused Neeraj Kumar, a constable attached to Lodhi colony police station, New Delhi, was nabbed by the Goa police on Thursday and brought to Goa. The original NRI customer, whose account he is said to have hacked, holds an account with a nationalized bank in Mapusa.

Police said that a complaint was received from the manager of the nationalized bank that based on an email sent to them by the accused who posed as the NRI customer based in Dubai the bank had transferred the amount into the account as per the email.

The account holding NRI customer was earlier a manager in the same bank and hence had a good rapport with the bank staff.

He used to transfer his money regularly by sending an email to the bank. Police suspect that the NRI account was hacked and his transactions were tailed by the accused. Knowing the system well, the Delhi constable used the methodology to commit the crime.

As soon as the customer got a message of the funds transfer, he complained to the bank that he had never made such a request. Soon after receiving the information from the NRI, the bank manager lodged a complaint before the cyber crime cell of Goa police. A case was registered on September 27, 2014, under Sections 468 (forging documents for forging purpose), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 66 (hacking) and 66-D (forging documents through electronic means) of IT Act.

During investigations, police traced the IP address of the internet connection, registered from a Delhi address, from which the email was sent. Investigations showed that money was transferred to five different accounts.

Police said that the accused opened a bank account in a nationalized bank in Noida, Sector 19, in the name of Kumar Trading Company and the amount was transferred to this account through fraudulent means.

The accused then withdrew part of the amount using self cheques and ATM withdrawals and some amount was transferred to another account in the name of Shyam Trading company, Delhi, which also belonged to the accused.

The cyber crime cell consisting of inspector Rajesh Job and constable Amresh Rane rushed to Delhi and collected leads in the case while camping there for a week. They zeroed in on the constable. Police said that the accused has been suspended several times from service in the past.

Goa crime branch SP Karthik Kashyap said that two to three more persons involved in the case are on the run.

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