A man said to be the main suspect in credit card fraud cases has fled the country.
According to sources in Central Crime Branch (CCB), R. Manoj Kumar (37), a native of Thanjavur and a resident of Pallikaranai, is the key accused in the credit card fraud case in which four of his accomplices, including two courier delivery personnel, were arrested on October 23.
“We questioned Manoj Kumar's wife and found that he fled to Malaysia after his accomplices were arrested. He has been contacting his wife on developments here ever since,” said an investigating officer.
Police sources said Manoj, who runs a canteen in a well-known IT park in Nandambakkam, had befriended Vinod after offering him a job in his establishment last year.
In a few months, he taught Vinod the tricks of credit card fraud. Vinod and his friend Balaji, an autorickshaw driver, who previously worked in a courier firm, had used courier personnel Vignesh and Sridhar to get access to bank envelopes containing new credit cards meant to be delivered to customers.
Vinod and Balaji had used a high-speed air blower gun to open the tail end of the envelopes.
Using a skimmer device they swiped the details of the new credit cards before replacing them into the envelopes, sources added.
A CCB team arrested the four men – Vinod (26) of Thirumullaivoyal, Balaji (32) of Moolakadai, Vignesh (20) of Royapuram and Sridhar (30) of Vyasarpadi – and seized the skimmer device, a laptop containing information of credit card details of 64 persons in Chennai, the air blower gun and more than 1000 duplicate cards.
Following the confessions of Vinod and Balaji, police launched a search for Manoj Kumar.
In 2010, he was arrested in a credit card fraud case by a CCB team in which he had used runners to copy card details of customers coming to petrol bunks.
He was later released on bail.
Keywords: credit card fraud