Card-cloning racket king­pin ar­rested

Mid Day - - CITY - SU­RAJ OJHA su­raj.ojha@mid-day.com

MUM­BAI Crime Branch’s Prop­erty Cell has ar­rested the king­pin of a large net­work of fraud­sters, who had been rob­bing for­eign­ers and NRIs by cloning their debit/credit cards since 2013.

The ar­rested ac­cused has been iden­ti­fied as R Manoj Ku­mar, who was stay­ing in Malaysia. Af­ter the racket was busted last month, in­ves­ti­ga­tors had ze­roed in on his name and is­sued a look­out no­tice at do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional air­ports. Af­ter Ku­mar landed at Chennai air­port on Mon­day, air­port au­thor­i­ties in­formed the crime branch, which then sent a team to Chennai to take him in cus­tody.

When con­tacted, DCP (crime branch) Dilip Sawant con­firmed the ar­rest and said, “We have to in­ter­ro­gate the ac­cused to get de­tails on how he man­aged to steal card data.”

On June 20, the po­lice had ar­rested five of Ku­mar’s gang mem­bers to whom he used to send the stolen card data via email. They would then copy the same onto blank cards and trans­fer money from for­eign bank ac­counts into theirs in In­dia.

The five have been iden­ti­fied as Mo­hammed Hasan Eqbal Shaikh, 44, Mukesh Raju Sharma, 40, Zu­ber Nissar Sayed, 35, and Abu Bakar Shaikh Ghanvilkar, 45, all Mum­bai res­i­dents, and Fahim Bashir Shora of J&K.

The five gang mem­bers ar­rested last month

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