They were held from their hideout in New Delhi

In a major breakthrough, the Cyber Crime Cell sleuths of the Coimbatore City Police have taken into custody two Nigerian nationals from their hideout in New Delhi in connection with the fraudulent transfer of Rs70 lakh from the bank account of a Non-Resident Indian.

According to police, Subramaniam Mohan working in a Japanese firm preferred a complaint on August 9 stating that there was unauthorised transfer of funds from his account with a nationalised bank in Race Course in April.

One transaction pertained to transfer of Rs60 lakh from the account to another account in China and another of Rs10 lakh to an account in New Delhi. Based on the complaint, police registered a case under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 419 and 420 (cheating), 468 and 471 (forgery for the purpose of cheating and using a forged document) besides sections 43 (a), (b) (g), 43 (A), 66, 66 (B), 66 (c), 66 (D), 72 and 72 (A) of the Information Technology Act.

Investigations revealed that there were several transfers of funds to the said accounts from various bank accounts across the country. These funds were then transferred to another account with another bank in New Delhi.

Special teams formed by Commissioner of Police A.K. Viswanathan and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), K. Sugumaran. Inspector Saravanan Deivendran led the teams.

With the help of the New Delhi police, the teams arrested Stanley Ransam and Ronald who were involved in the fraudulent transfer of funds.

The police have seized pen drives, cellphones, SIM cards and documents relating to bank accounts. A safe vault worth over Rs. 1 crore was also seized.

The laptop indicated the presence of over five lakh e-mail IDs and preliminary investigations indicated that the gang had indulged in cheating a number of people by sending e-mails and SMSs announcing prizes.

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