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13, including mastermind, held after MICA director targeted in Rs 1.15-cr cyber fraud | Ahmedabad News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker


The Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell subsequently launched a probe and formed four teams to identify and apprehend the accused. Twelve people were arrested on March 12

Mudra Institute of Communications, MICA, cyber fraud, Shailendra Raj Mehta, Ahmedabad Police Cyber Crime Branch, indian express newsThe Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell subsequently launched a probe and formed four teams to identify and apprehend the accused. (File Photo)

Thirteen people, including the alleged mastermind, have been arrested amid an ongoing probe over cyber fraud to the tune of Rs 1.15 crore that targeted Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA) president and director Shailendra Raj Mehta, officials said on Monday. The accused were arrested by Ahmedabad Police’s Cyber Crime Branch last week for allegedly running an elaborate racket, and more people are suspected to have fallen prey to the fraud.

Mehta had received calls on March 20 from unknown people, posing as police officials, who allegedly extorted Rs 1.15 crore on the pretext that a package with his name was found by the Mumbai Customs officials. The package contained five passports, three mobile phones, one laptop, 5 kg of clothes and 200 gram of banned MDMA drug, he was told. The accused also told Mehta that several transactions, which may not be visible to him, were undertaken from his bank account and were reflecting on the servers of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). They then allegedly blackmailed Mehta to transfer money to two other bank accounts. The accused posed as officials of the Mumbai Cyber Crime and CBI.

The Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell subsequently launched a probe and formed four teams to identify and apprehend the accused. Twelve people were arrested on March 12. The alleged mastermind was arrested on March 13. While the 12 arrested were remanded to three days of police custody, the purported mastermind has been remanded to six days of remand, a cyber crime branch official said on Monday.

Of the 13 accused, four, including the key accused — Moin Ingariya (26) — are from Dhoraji in Rajkot. Other accused from Dhoraji are Mihir Topiya (23), Praful Valani (43), and Rohit Vaghela (24). Four others are from Rajkot — Ronak Sojitra (23), Yogirajsinh Jadeja (36), Ravi Savsheta (26) and Sagar Dabhi (31). Two accused are from Porbandar: Merubhai Karmata (24) and Kisha Bharai (45), said officials. Three men- Ankit Desai (29), Kiran Desai (29) and Rohan Leuva (26) — are from Ahmedabad.

Inspector Paras Makwana, the investigating officer in the case, said that the accused “do not have steady source of income” and the key accused Ingariya is a Class 10 pass out. Of the 13, six had the bank accounts in their names where the money was to be transferred. “Our probe has revealed that Moin would ask Mihir for accounts where the extorted money can be transferred, following which Mihir would provide with the bank accounts of the six other accused. They would then withdraw the money and hand over the cash to Moin through Mihir. We have reason to believe that there is someone Moin was working for because the cash would then be handed over by Moin to be converted to cryptocurrency by this unknown accused. It was an elaborate scheme where they were duping people across the country and we believe there are several victims,” said Makwana. The investigation is yet to identify the accused responsible for using forged documents, such as warrants with CBI letterhead.

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