AHMEDABAD: A team of city crime branch officials arrested a mother-son duo on Wednesday and sought one-day remand of them on Thursday in connection with a fraud of Rs 62.78 lakh through online transactions.
Police, however, are yet to probe the exact role the duo has played and other accused involved in the incident. According to the crime branch officials, a US national had registered a complaint with the US law enforcement agencies about the payment made from his credit card that he had not used. When the account in which the money was transferred to was tracked to Ahmedabad, the city crime branch was informed about the incident. During their investigation, the bank accounts used were found in the names of Anuj Jasani, 22, and his mother Harsha, 46, residents of Venus Park Land in Vejalpur.
“Anuj is a sub-agent for Travel Boutique, an online travel portal. He had two accounts in his and his mother’s name for the business. According to their statement, the incident took place when he came in contact with a US national, at the moment identified as Fortuner Wood, in March 2013. Wood had booked some tickets with Anuj. During the transaction, Wood allegedly offered Anuj a lucrative deal where he can book the tickets for the US departures by sitting in Ahmedabad. He promised him a good business and said that he would have to pay him a percentage as commission,” said a crime branch official.
Anuj allegedly booked 65 air tickets between March 16 and April 3 last year that cost Rs 62.78 lakh. The payment for all the tickets was made through an American Express card. The money was transferred in two bank accounts and the agent code of Anuj on the web portal. When the card holder came to know of the major transactions, he got alarmed and informed the bank and the bank launched an inquiry and tracked the payment to India.
“Investigation is still on. We are yet to ascertain the mode of payment, what happed to the money, identity of Wood and how he used the victim’s credit card. We have sought remand to get some more details from Anuj about Wood and the bank accounts used. It is likely that the duo from the city might have been used by the international syndicate,” said the official.
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Courtesy : Times of India