Cops suspect employee gave bank details in Thadani con

Published: 24 October, 2013 07:30 IST | Vinay Dalvi |

Police say the man who handled Raveena Tandon and husband Anil Thadani's banking operations may have shared the information with the conmen, who then hacked into his account and stole Rs 12.58 lakh

Cops from the Property Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch, who are investigating the case in which Rs 12.58 lakh was transferred illegally from Raveena Tandon’s husband’s account, suspect that the employee who handled the couple’s banking could have given their bank details and a cheque to the accused men.

Fraudster: Salim Usman Gani Sayyed, one of the accused in the case, has been arrested for cheating and forgery

On October 17, MiD DAY had reported (‘Conman trying to flee cops run over by bus’) how accused Mujjamil Alam Tazdar and Salim Usman Gani Sayyed had transferred the amount from Anil Thadani’s Yes Bank account to an IDBI account belonging to one Sumit Gupta, an alias that Tazdar used.

Cops investigating the case said, “We suspect that Thadani’s employee who handles the couple’s banking is hand-in-glove with the accused men and might have helped them with the account number, balance and cheque details, so they could steal the cash from his account.”

Speaking about the case, an official added that after arresting Sayyed and Tazdar, they arrested two more accused -- Kishore Kanojia and Shahab Khan.

“Kanojia got the cheque from an accused, who is on the run. He in turn received it from Thadani’s employee and handed it over to Sayyed and Tazdar. Tazdar, using his alias Sumit Gupta, withdrew the money,” an official said. “When we arrest the person who gave the cheque to Kanojia, the crime will become clearer,” he added. 

Seasoned cons
Police officers said that the gang used to befriend people working at various banks such as Yes Bank, HSBC and Citibank, mostly used by elite customers. “They would target clerks and workers at the banks and inquire about their clients. Later, they’d promise a commission to the employees if they gave away the bank details of their wealthy clients,” said an officer from the Property Cell. He added that the accused are have carried out similar cons in Nashik, Navi Mumbai and Mira Road.  

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