Bounced cheque lands conmen in police net

Cops lay trap and nab the duo while receiving delivery of home appliances purchased from a showroom on installment

The police arrested two men yesterday for allegedly duping a high-end electronic showroom by purchasing expensive home appliances and electronic goods through forged documents.

Kasturba Marg police said that the two were arrested when they were trying to take delivery of an LCD television worth Rs 1 lakh in Borivli.

According to the police, a bank official in Borivli notified them that cheques, drawn in the name of showroom, they were processing bounced. Sensing something amiss, they informed the cops. 

Explaining the modus operandi, cops said that the gang opened accounts in various banks using fake or forged documents and identity proofs. They then purchased expensive electronic items like 3D televisions, washing machines and refrigerators.

They bought the white goods on instalments by producing the fake identity proofs. The members then gave the showroom cheques of the banks they had accounts in and also gave them fake addresses for delivery of the items.

When the showroom delivery person reached the address and couldn't trace the receiver, he would call the customer on his mobile. Asking the delivery person to wait there, the accused would come and collect the goods. They then sold the items elsewhere at a discount.

"We are questioning the two arrested men to know how many showrooms have they cheated using the same modus operandi. We have recovered the duo's fake identity proofs and are investigating further," said Rajendra Thakur, senior  inspector of Kasturba Marg police station.

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