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2 Nigerians among 5 held for stealing Rs1.7 cr from bank account

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The Surat Crime Branch nabbed five people including two Nigerians for stealing money from an account through online fraud. Surat city police said the gang disabled the mobile number associated with the current and cash credit account of one Unique Construction Company. 

The accounts were with the Bank of Baroda and the gang siphoned of Rs1,71,80,012 from the company’s two accounts. The money was transferred through NEFT and RTGS to various accounts.

 

The Cyber Cell suspects that the gang somehow hacked the mail id of the company and wrote to the mobile company to change the registered mobile number linked to the two accounts. 

Later they used a different number to change the online bank account password and transferred the money to 12 different accounts in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

How they operated

Rs18 lakh which was transferred to three accounts in Uttar Pradesh ended up with one Vikas Solanki of Surat. When Solanki was questioned he said that he had come across a vacancy in one MK Enterprise in the newspaper. It promised Rs30,000 to Rs35,000 as salary per month. He contacted the mobile number given in the advertisement. 

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Solanki said he was required to open a savings bank account and current account with ICICI bank. He then gave the details of the same to one Mohit Parmar. He then went to Mumbai and withdrew money from his newly opened ICICI bank account.

Vikas was accompanied by one Nevil Shukla, Rakesh Malaviya and one Imran. Imran then took all the cash with him.

Later, Nevil and Rakesh were detained from Rajkot and Surat respectively. The two led the cops to Imran Kazi, a resident of Mumbai. 

The Nigerians in the scam

Imran told cops that he would give the details of the newly opened accounts to two Nigerians who got the money deposited in the same. He said Nevil and Rakesh withdrew the money from the respective accounts and it was Imran’s job to get the money to the Nigerians.

The cops then laid a trap for the two Nigerians – Rafael Hinka and Kelvin Ozokhechini. 

What they earned

Nevil said he got 5% for every new account that was opened. He would collect the money and given it to Imran. The account holders got 2% commission.  

Rakesh provided the newly opened account holders with accommodation, food and transportation when they came to Mumbai to help him withdraw the money. He got 1% commission for providing the logistics. 

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Imran had been working with various Nigerians for over eight years now and he got a commission of 8% for the amount they stole.

Rafael and Kelvin would use the newly opened accounts to transfer the stolen money. Imran would get the daily collection and send it to the Nigerians. All three have been booked earlier for similar crimes.

Earlier offences

  • Nevil Shukla is accused of bogus billing with state transport buses in Bhavnagar. He is also accused in a vehicle theft and chain snatching incidents.
  • Rakesh Malaviya was booked in a fake cheque case in 2009 and also in a cheating case in Mumbai. 
  • Imran Kazi was booked in a job fraud case in Vadodara and a cheating case in Mumbai.

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