Two people were arrested for allegedly cheating hundreds in several states on the pretext of providing them with bank loans. Police said the main suspect, Geeta Chauhan and her partner, Jitendra Singh, were arrested this week. The other two accused, Pushpendra Chauhan and Harish Bagel, were arrested in November last year.
According to the police, Geeta and her husband Pushpendra lost their jobs during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 and decided to form a gang and deceive people by claiming to give them personal and business loans. They also publish ads through Google to attract their targets.
In May 2020, Delhi Police received a complaint from a man who runs a printing press in the city. The complainant, who wanted to set up shop in Delhi and borrow Rs 45 lakh, saw such ad on Google and called the phone number provided.
The accused, who posed as officials from a leading investment firm, promised to help the victim and asked him to pay Rs 45,000 as a “processing fee”.
“The victim received forged documents and was promised a loan. After receiving the initial amount, the accused said there were some technical issues and was able to get the victim to pay Rs 13.5 lakh. Later, the man realized that he had been cheated,” the police said.
The crime branch conducted an investigation and Pushpendra and Harish from Bulandshahr were arrested last year.
Chipesh Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), said, “Geita Chauhan was a fugitive. Our team finally arrested Geeta and her partner Jitendra this week.”
During interrogation, Geeta said that she was running a salon while Pushpendra was working in a private company. During the first shutdown, they lost their jobs and had no savings.
Police said they ran two bank accounts in Agra for the operation. The couple hired two men, Jitendra and Harish, who posted ads on Google to target people.
Police further said Pushpendra and Geeta will talk to the victims and make them transfer Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 in the name of loan processing fee. Some of the complainants got cheated on the lakhs because the gang was lying about the transactions and getting them to transfer more money.
A case of fraud and forgery was registered against the gang. Police are also searching for victims across other states.