ED attaches assets of Jamtara-based cyber criminals

By: Ashish Sharma

ED has attached assets worth about Rs 66 lakh of alleged cyber criminals.

It said the assets,attached under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), include three immovable residential properties , four vehicles as well as bank deposits of accused Pradeep Kumar Mandal, Pintu Mandal, Ankush Kumar Mandal, Santosh Mandal and Ganesh Mandal.

They are among the most wanted cybercriminals. They were charged under sections 414/419/420/467/468/471 of IPC and section 66 (B)/ 66(C)/ 66(D) of Information Technology Act, 2002.

In September, 2018 ED had conducted raids at as many as six locations at two villages Mirga and Pabaya in Jamtara against them.

These accused in their thirties had accumulated properties worth over Rs three crore by swindling people by posing as bank and Sebi officials in the last five years.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) slapped criminal charges under the PMLA against the accused. They were charged  with illegal withdrawal and transfer of money from ATMs and bank accounts of innocent people in the name of bank officials.

The ED said its investigation found that the accused “in involvement with other persons acquired funds in their bank accounts and family members’ bank accounts by cheating bank customers.

The agency had filed a chargesheet in the case before a special PMLA court in Ranchi in May, 2019 and “charges against all the accused persons have been framed and the trial is underway”.

SOURCE:PTI. Edited by: Ashish Sharma