Mrunal Manmay Dash

An employment fraud was busted by Koraput cyber police on Monday with the arrest of the main accused.

The accused has been identified as Malay Maiti (35) from Khadambari village in Nandigram of West Bengal.

The police have recovered some mobile phones, Rs 2 lakh cash and some incriminating documents from him which reportedly have names and numbers of around 200 persons from around the country. It is suspected that all these 200 persons were targeted by Maiti.

As per reports, Maiti published a job advertisement in an Odia daily inviting applications for recruitment of male and female candidates. Manasi Mishra from Koraput’s Borigumma fell prey to the fraud and applied for the job.

Following her recruitment, Mishra was asked by Maiti to identify locations and enlist people interested in installing ATMs made by Hitachi. She reportedly took 10 persons onboard and received Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 from them for each ATM installation. She then sent the money to Maiti through UPI.

However, when Mishra realised that she has been duped by Maiti, she filed a complaint at Koraput Cyber Police Station on December 27, 2023.

Informing about the case, Koraput Cyber Cell DSP Parth Jagdish Kashyap said, “He forged a letter of the Ministry of Urban Development where it was written that interested persons have to pay Rs 15,000 first to be able to install ATMs on their land. We apprehended the accused in the course of the investigation. We have seized Rs 2 lakh cash and three mobile phones from him.”

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