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Friday, August 26, 2016

Advertising fraud: probe reveals well-planned strategy

PANAJI: The ‘All Brand Promotion’ firm, which reportedly duped several people, was actually a well-planned strategy by an interstate racket, the police probe has revealed. So far it has come to light that over 450 people have been reportedly cheated to the tune of around Rs 1.26 crore.

The economic offences cell (EOC) of the Goa police, which is probing the case, has found that the identity cards used by the alleged accused including driving licence, voter ID cards were bogus. One of the alleged accused Sameer Veerani’s identity proofs were used for opening bank accounts, obtaining mobile SIM cards and even for signing an agreement with the people who have been duped. The alleged accused even purchased a vehicle, rented an office and a residential premises based on these documents, the police claimed.
“It appears to be a well-planned ploy by the accused as they made use of fake identity to run an unauthorised business not only in Goa but in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra,” an officer claimed.   The EOC has registered an FIR against the two-Mumbai based accused Sameer Veerani and Rahul Singh. The alleged accused cheated several people under the guise of advertising scheme which assured certain amount of money (as EMI) towards promoting a brand by pasting its sticker on their vehicles.
The firm’s Goa office located at Patto-Panaji was said to be the head office while the sub offices were opened in the neighbouring Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra. The FIR was registered last week under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (criminal conspiracy). NT

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