Vikash Sharma

The Commissionerate Police on Saturday busted a gang involved in cheating through credit cards by using forged documents in Bhubaneswar. At least five persons including some billing staff of private hospitals have been arrested in this connection.

Sources said that the gang used to make payments for the patients at several hospitals through credit cards and utilised the cash for other purposes during the 30 to 45-day repayment window.

The gang was busted based on the complaint filed by one Rakesh Kumar on December 17, 2023. In his complaint, Rakesh alleged that one credit card had been issued in his name without his knowledge. There were transactions made on the credit card which were showing in his name. The complainant came to know about the forged credit card issued in his name when he wanted to take a loan and learned that his CIBIL score was poor.

“After the complaint was lodged, Cyber Police station took up the case and the team got evidence regarding the involvement of Biju Tripathy of Pipili area in Puri district. The Cyber team recovered cash over Rs 7 lakh, 450 credit and debit cards, passbooks, cheque books, PoS machines from his possession,” informed Bhubaneswar DCP, Prateek Singh.

After further probe, it was found that Biju used to get credit cards issued in the name of different persons. With the help of some billing agents at various private hospitals, he used to swipe the credit cards and take cash in lieu of the payment, said the senior official.

“As there is a window period of 30 to 45 days for repayment, Biju was using the cash collected from hospitals for other purposes and earning profits. Some money was being given to billing agents and the actual credit card owners as well. So far it has been found that credit cards have been issued by submitting fake documents to banks. One credit belongs to Rakesh,” said Singh.

Singh further informed that three bags full of money receipts have been found and receipts having transactions of Rs 2 crore have been calculated. It is suspected that the total fraud would be around Rs 8 crore, he added.

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