Vikash Sharma

The Commissionerate Police on Monday arrested a man on the charges of availing a loan from a bank with forged documents by impersonating another person. The fraudster has been identified as Smrutiranjan Sahoo who hails from Niali area in Cuttack district.

Senior police officials said that apart from duping several persons, the accused Smrutiranjan had also defrauded banks and a private finance company to avail loans for procuring several assets.

Smrutiranjan was arrested following a written complaint filed by one Santosh Kumar Sahoo of Ranpur area in Nayagarh district. It is alleged that the accused availed a loan of Rs 1.40 lakh from the Central Bank of India by submitting forged documents using the complainant’s name.

Senior officials said that the complainant wanted to avail a loan from Central Bank of India and he was shocked after he found that already a loan had been issued against his name. Later, he lodged an FIR at the Mancheswar police station in connection with the fraud.

ACP (Zone 5) Sanjeeb Satpathy said that several forged documents including Aadhar, PAN cards, marriage certificate and identity cards have been recovered during a raid at the residence of the accused.

“It has been ascertained that the accused used to forge documents to impersonate and commit crimes. It has been found that the accused used his photograph on several important documents while the name and other identity credentials belonged to the victims,” said Satpathy.

Satpathy further said that the accused also availed loans from a private finance company with the help of an account which he had opened in the bank using fake documents.

“So far we have found that the accused had duped the finance company and purchased items worth nearly Rs 4.5 lakh by using that money. We suspect that many other people have also been duped by the accused in a similar fashion. The number of such victims may go up as the investigation progresses,” Satpathy added.