Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Arvind Walmiki

KALYAN: Seven peo­ple, posed as in­come tax of­fi­cials, and cheated a Kalyan res­i­dent of Rs70 lakh. The ac­cused are yet to be ar­rested.

The seven ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Adam Evans, Su­nita Sharma, Ab­dul Wa­hab, P Simra, Van­dana Menon, Ja­muna Kurekha and Ro­nand Gil­buld.

The 42-year-old vic­tim Asha Gu­lati (name changed) is an of­fi­cer with an in­surance firm in Thane and is res­i­dent of Kalyan. The po­lice said they have not re­vealed her iden­tity as the ac­cused are yet to be ar­rested.

In Jan­uary this year, Gu­lati said she got a call from a per­son who posed as an of­fi­cer from in­come tax depart­ment. He asked Gu­lati to de­posit Rs10 lakh or they would raid her house in Mur­bad Road, Kalyan.

After a few days, Gu­lati got a mail from the ac­cused, who sent her an at­tach­ment of an ID card of RBI. Gu­lati got scared and paid the amount in in­stal­ments. From Jan­uary to June, she paid Rs70 lakh.

A po­lice in­spec­tor from Khadak­pada po­lice sta­tion said, “Gu­lati and her hus­band were sep­a­rated. She met the main ac­cused Adam Evans on a so­cial net­work­ing site and planned to get mar­ried. He said he was about to de­posit 70,000 pounds and asked her to pay the tax charges. When he re­alised that the woman can pay such a huge amount, the ac­cused posed as fake IT of­fi­cers and de­manded Rs 10 lakh ini­tially.”

She de­posited the money in bank ac­count num­ber given by the ac­cused. When Gu­lati asked for proof that they were I-T of­fi­cials, the ac­cused sent a fake ID card through What­sApp.

“Even after Gu­lati paid the amount, the ac­cused kept call­ing and ha­rass­ing him ev­ery al­ter­nate day. One day, Gu­lati called them to tell them that she had al­ready paid a hefty amount, but their phone was switched off,” said the po­lice.

“As per Gu­lati’s com­plaint, there are seven ac­cused but we sus­pect there are more,” added of­fi­cer.

The po­lice are go­ing through the bank ac­count, which has been frozen, from where the money was with­drawn. They are also trac­ing the numbers from which the ac­cused called Gu­lati. The po­lice have alerted the cy­ber cell about the case.

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