The Economic Offences Wing investigating the Fine Futures case, a now-defunct online multilevel marketing firm accused of embezzling Rs. 818 crore from thousands of investors, has requested complainants to appear in person and refrain from sending their complaints through posts.
L. Balaji Saravanan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, EOW, Coimbatore unit, said that while they had registered 2,500 complaints in Fine Futures case, the unit had also received an equal number through posts.
“We have replied to all these posts asking them to appear in person for authentication purposes as the identity of the complainant cannot be established in a letter. In some cases, a group of people have sent their complaint as one bunch, which also we cannot accept.”
All those seeking to lodge a complaint in the case must appear before the EOW officials with a photograph, a proof of identity such as ration card and a receipt of the payment made to the company, he said.
The distribution of the money recovered would be done only after the identity of the complainant was established beyond doubt.
Mr. Saravanan said that the investors in Erode could now approach the EOW unit for filing complaints. They must come with proper identity proofs and a photograph.
Charge sheet filed
A 7,000-page charge sheet was filed on May 3 at the Special Court set up here under the Tamil Nadu Protection of Interests of Depositors Act to try the Fine Futures case.
Four persons have been named in the chargesheet. Vivek, Senthil Kumar and Nithyanandam have been arrested and interrogated. Nithyanandam alone has come out on bail. Satya Lakshmi, the person who looked after accounts, is yet to be secured.
The Economic Offences Wing, which had taken over the investigation, had recovered Rs. 1 crore in cash, Rs. 2.71 crore in gold and diamonds besides vehicles worth Rs. 1.4 crore. Further, immovable properties valued at several crores of rupees have been identified across Tamil Nadu and Kerala and proposals were being prepared to seize them, sources said.