Four young men who allegedly got credit cards issued on forged identification documents of non-existing Air India employees and made purchases causing a loss of over Rs.40 lakh to a bank have been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police. The accused had fraudulently obtained 57 credit cards of the same bank.

The breakthrough came after the bank lodged a complaint with the EOW alleging that dubious transactions had been made through the 57 credit cards issued between January and April 2012. Police investigations revealed that the documents furnished by the card holders, such as salary slips and identity cards purportedly issued by Air India, were forged. The police found that the transactions made through these cards had been made at a select few places, particularly at a mobile phone shop in Laxmi Nagar.

During interrogation, shop owner Ashok Ganwani (35) confessed to his involvement and identified the mastermind as Mayank Jain (28).

“Since the father of the accused Mayank Jain and his accomplice Roshan Das (27) worked in Air India, they were familiar with the identity cards and salary slips issued by the airline. Both the accused worked as agents for insurance policy and loan divisions of various banks, but were unable to meet their expenses. The two then allegedly conspired to obtain credit cards on forged documents and made fraudulent transactions,” said a police officer, adding that Roshan has also been arrested.

The accused would purchase prepaid SIM cards in the name of non-existent persons and quoted the numbers in the credit card application forms for verifications. They would also give addresses of locked flats located in the Air India Colony where they lived. “They would collect the credit cards from the courier boy on various pretexts. The third accused Kuldeep Srivastava (23), who helped them forge the documents, has also been arrested,” he said.

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