Rs 2.4-cr cyber theft: Cops recover half the amount,13 arrested so far

The Worli police,probing the theft of Rs 2.4 crore from the Yes Bank account of RPG Group,has recovered more than half the stolen amount

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Published: July 31, 2013 2:17:01 am

The Worli police,probing the theft of Rs 2.4 crore from the Yes Bank account of RPG Group,has recovered more than half the stolen amount. Police have so far arrested 13 persons from Chennai and Delhi. The two men arrested in Delhi are retailers of telecom firm MTS,police said.

According to police,hackers operating from two Wi-Fi connections in Delhi allegedly stole the amount on May 11. The money was deposited in 12 bank accounts across the country. Most of the arrested accused were individuals who were instructed to simply deliver the money to the mastermind once it was credited to their account,police said.

“Most of the money was recovered from the men arrested in Chennai. Not all of the accused had complete knowledge of the conspiracy. Most of them are middle-level operators who carried out tasks for a commission. Most of the arrested accused were only receivers of the money,” said Vinayak Deshmukh,Deputy Commissioner of Police,Zone III.

He added that the crime was planned in Delhi. “MTS retailers used forged documents to purchase internet dongles and sold them to a third party. We are probing their role,” he said.

In June,police had located the address where the IP address originated,but it turned out false.

The police have had a hard time finding the account holders at the addresses they provided to the bank. They had written to banks in Bangalore,Chennai,Coimbatore,Thiruvananthapuram,Meghalaya,Barrackpore,Delhi and Noida,where the money was credited,to obtain the KYC details of account holders.

“Our teams went to the addresses,but the accused were not there,” said Praveen Salunkhe,Additional Commissioner of Police,Central region.

Deshmukh said the theft was thoroughly planned with players in several states. He said they were close to nailing the kingpin.

Police said the accused hacked into the firm’s database and used official email IDs to make 13 transactions in three hours. Salunkhe formed four teams that hunted for suspects in the cities where the money was credited.

Officials close to the investigation remain tight-lipped fearing a leak would put absconding accused on alert. “We were in Kolkata last week. However,word got out in local media and the accused fled,” said an officer.

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