Trio arrested for cheating businessman by promising new Rs 2000 notes at ‘half rate’

Trio arrested for cheating businessman by promising new Rs 2000 notes at 'half rate'
Their modus operandi entailed luring rich businessmen and promising new Rs 2000 notes at half rate through their ‘money exchange’ (Representational Image)

Three persons have been arrested from a five-star hotel in Mumbai for allegedly cheating a businessman of Rs 80 lakh under the pretext of offering him new Rs 2000 notes at half rate.

The accused have allegedly cheated many people from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and other parts of the country.

Their modus operandi entailed luring rich businessmen and promising new Rs 2000 notes at half rate through their ‘money exchange’. They would even boast of having contacts in the Central government to gain the target’s trust.

“The trio, identified Anand Tiwari alias Atul (30), Sujit Yadav (27) and Gayatri Shukla (31), used to claim that they run a money exchange,” a crime branch officer said.

They were arrested on Saturday.

The accused would claim that they have good contacts in the Central government and promised to give the ‘second series’ notes of Rs 2000 at the half rate, the officer said.

They would ask their victims to pay them up in the denominations of Rs 100 and Rs 200 and after taking money from the gullible victims, they would cry about a police raid and flee.

In some cases, they even cheated people by handing them bundles of papers cut in the shape of the bank notes.

Police recovered seven mobile phones and six debit and credit cards from the accused.

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