11 held for defrauding bank of ₹ 94.45 lakh in Kotagiri

The Nilgiris district special branch police arrested 11 persons and are on the look out for 27 others on charges of defrauding a bank of ₹ 94.45 lakh at Ellada in Kotagiri between 2018 and 2020.

The police said that the men conspired with the appraiser at the bank, identified as Siva, in obtaining loans in exchange for fake gold ornaments that were pledged at the bank.

The fraud had gone undetected for more than two years between July 2018 and September 2020. The men had allegedly used the money they borrowed from the bank to lend small loans to farmers and local residents. Though they had made profit using the money, they failed to repay the amount owed to the bank.

After the incident came to light, the bank manager approached the Nilgiris district police and lodged a complaint. Following an investigation, the police arrested B.Ravi (40), R. Mahalingam (36), A.Sudhakar (43), R.Kanagaraj (30), N. Krishnamoorthy (40), M. Lingaraj (52), B. Mahadevan (53), M. Sekar (50), N. Sumath (40), R. Ganesh (30) and M. Natraj (46).

Police suspect that 38 persons were involved in the fraud. The 11 men were arrested on Saturday and remanded in judicial custody. The police are on the look out for 27 persons in connection with the case.

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