Friday, April 8, 2016

Rs25 crore fraud case: Hunt on for jeweller, ‘banker’

MUMBAI: The crime branch investigating the case of a Malad businesswoman, who was duped of Rs 25 crore on the pretext of getting her a loan of Rs 100 crore from the American Federal Reserve Board, are looking for eight people, including a jeweller and a woman impersonating a banker.

The complainant is an Indian citizen who has a petrochemicals business in Dubai. She and her husband wanted a loan to expand their refinery business. In 2008, they met Ashok Patel, who had a jewellery business, and shared their financial requirements. He introduced them to Girish Kapasi (55), a scrap dealer in South Africa for 27 years.

In 2011, the businesswoman and her husband came to Mumbai where Kapasi introduced them to Savita Zaveri, who posed as a banker. Zaveri promised to get them a "guarantee of $10 million" if they spent 10% of the loan amount. "The couple paid a sum of Rs 5.71 crore to Kapasi. Kapasi and Zaveri then allegedly issued the bank guarantee certificates," said a crime branch officer.

In 2012, Kapasi introduced them to Vikas Ane, who claimed to have "10 gold bonds" of the American Federal Reserve Board. Ane transferred the bonds in their name for Rs 18 crore. They found the bonds were fake when the complainant approached two Singapore-based banks. "When the businesswoman approached Kapasi and Ane, they promised to return the amount. Ane issued a post-dated cheque that bounced. In 2015, Ane, Kapasi, Zaveri and others stopped taking her calls. Ane then threatened her with dire consequences," added an officer.

The property cell of the crime branch has arrested Kapasi and Tanaji Maruti Shendge (40), a tantrik, in the case. The accused have been booked under IPC sections for cheating, forgery, breach of trust, threatening and provisions of the Information Technology Act.

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