Unbelievable! Conmen dupe 200 Mumbai cops in get-rich scam

Oct 12, 2016, 07:00 IST | mid-day online correspondent

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Scamsters are duping not only regular people but aren't even leaving police officials alone. A new investment scam has been unearthed in which 200 Mumbai policemen got conned of crores.

At least 200 policemen including constables, Police Inspectors, Senior Police Inspectors, Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) have been duped by scamster Mohan Kumar Srivastava and his associates with the false promise of 400% investment returns.

According to a report in Free Press Journal, an Additional Commissioner of Police, who requested anonymity, said, "I have been duped by Mohan Kumar Srivastava to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore. However, none of the police officials have come forth to register a First Information Report because we fear that our jobs will be in trouble. We have already lost huge sums."

A senior police inspector told the daily, "I have been duped to the tune of Rs one crore. Ravi Yadav, one of the accomplices of Mohan Kumar Srivastava and Dharmendra Nikumbh used to threaten us to sign agreements for investing money."

Dr Prashant Bhamare, one of the complainants in a letter to the Mumbai Police Commissioner, told Free Press Journal, "The accused Dharmendra Nikumbh told us that he is one of the partners of Srivastava family business and he handles most of their communications and office work which was confirmed by the accused family. Nikumbh used to tell us that he along with his brother Nitin Nikumbh, who is a police officer, are handling investments of more than 200 police officers and giving them timely returns. Dharmendra kept assuring us that our investment will be secured and timely returns will be given to us if we stay invested with the accused’s companies. After gaining our faith many times, our investment money was handed over to Dharmendra and in return we have collected some of our returns from Dharmendra."

Earlier, Mohan Prasad was acquitted for the offences charged and punishable under Section 420( cheating), Section 406 (Criminal breach of trust) and Section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 3 of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (in financial establishment) Act,1999.

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