Computer Science expert arrested for Rs 15-lakh online banking fraud

Jan 23, 2013, 08:07 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

The Cyber Crime Cell of the Pune police on Monday arrested two persons for allegedly accessing the details of a person's online banking account and siphoning off a sum of Rs 15.21 lakh to two phoney accounts.

The alleged felony took place in 2011 and a case had then been registered with the cell by Manish Tolani (30) of Baner.

Those arrested have been identified as Sampat Parmeshwar Patgar (32) and Chidanand Narayan Patgar (27), both residents of Kumta in Karnataka. Sampat, who holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science is currently working with a private company. Chidanand is a Std VII dropout and is employed in the agriculture sector.

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Sources say the crime took place in 2011 and the complainant came to know that one of his cheques had bounced as he only had Rs 21 in his account.

“The total sum of Rs 15.21 lakh was transferred in three transactions of Rs 6 lakh, Rs 4 lakh and Rs 5.21 lakh. By the time the accounts were frozen, the fraudsters had withdrawn Rs 1.73 lakh. Police said that Rs 13.47 lakh was recovered,” said Inspector SM Babar of the cyber cell. A probe revealed that the money was shifted to two accounts in the name of one Suraj Nagappa Naik of Pangala in Karnataka.

Babar said that further investigations led them to Sampat. “We came to know that Naik did not exist and it was Sampat who had created a bogus PAN card in that name to open the accounts. Chidanand’s photo was used for the process,” he added.

The accused have been held for offences punishable under Sections 379 (theft), 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention) of the IPC and other relevant sections of the IT Act. They have been remanded in police custody till January 31.

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