ATM fraud with IAS Mohanty in Jaipur: Cops nab 4 criminals from Bihar
Mohanty had revealed his ATM card details including PIN and OTP to this gang and was duped of Rs 2.75 lakh.
Jaipur: The city police has arrested four members of an ATM fraud gang involved in duping IAS officer JC Mohanty– deputed as additional chief secretary, PHED. Mohanty had made the mistake of revealing his ATM card details including PIN and OTP to this gang and was duped of Rs 2.75 lakh.
The accused were nabbed from Rajgir village of Bihar. The police also recovered Rs 2.24 lakh in cash, 14 mobile phones, 32 sim cards, one laptop and an SUV. During preliminary investigation, it has come up that the gang members are relatives and were involved in ATM frauds to lead a lavish lifestyle. They bought expensive SUVs and mobile phones.
The four accused were identified as Vikram Chaurasia (24), Deepak Chaurasia (23), Pradeep Chaurasia (35) and Alok Chaurasia. While Vikram and Deepak are brothers, Pradeep is their brother-in-law and Alok is their cousin.
“We were helped by the local police in nabbing the four men,” said Vikas Pathak, deputy commissioner of police (Crime).
Mohanty was working at his office in State Secreteriate building when he received a call from a man posing as a representative of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.
“On the pretext that the bank was being merged into State Bank of India, the man collected ATM card details and had the IAS officer verify the one time password (OTP) that he received on this mobile phone,” said a police officer.
Soon after giving these details to the caller, Mohanty received a message on his cell phone informing him that Rs 2.75 had been deducted from his bank account. Mohanty realized that he had become a victim of ATM frauds. He registered an FIR with Ashok Nagar police station.