Mira Road call centre scam: FBI arrives on crime scene, stays tight-lipped

Oct 15, 2016, 07:27 IST | Faisal Tandel

Thane top cop says details on case, modus operandi and arrests shared with US official; mastermind and his trusted 5 still at large

Sohel Daud, assistant legal attache, US Embassy, leaves the Thane commissionerate
Sohel Daud, assistant legal attache, US Embassy, leaves the Thane commissionerate

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official visited the Thane commissionerate yesterday to gather details regarding the recently busted international call centre racket wherein thousands of US citizens were cheated of millions of dollars in the name of the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).

Investigation update
Sohel Daud, assistant legal attache, US Embassy, and attached with the FBI, had a meeting with Parambir Singh, Commissioner of Police, Thane, to get an insight into the investigation so far and to find out the nitty-gritty details about how the fraud took place.

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Singh confirmed Daud's visit and said, "He wanted to know about the case, the arrests made and also about similar such cases in the past. We are co-operating with the agency completely and have passed on everything that we could."

Singh added the Thane police would do an independent investigation as they have a lot of evidence to present in court. "We have voice calls, witnesses (who were working in the call centre) and other technical details. Also, records of victims approaching us via emails and calls will help in the probe," he said.

Kingpin on the run
The Thane police's search for Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy and his sister Reema is on. "Sagar is suspected to be the kingpin and had four to five people in his innermost circle. We think that they all might have fled the country," said Singh.

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"We raided four call centres in Mira Road twice and had our eye on five in Ahmedabad, but they were closed down. A huge number of people collectively is suspected to be part of the whole process. Further investigations are going on."

A senior officer, sharing information on Sagar, said that besides being obsessed with living lavishly, he was also allegedly quite the Casanova, and they are trying to get more on him from all quarters possible.

mid-day tried to get a comment from Daud on his visit to the Thane commissionerate, but he refused to say anything beyond 'investigation is on'.

Approximate number of people suspected to be part of the scam

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