The Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] has nabbed a fraudster with the help of social networking site Facebook that too after two decades. Going into the details, Deepak Poddar a Mumbai based businessman allegedly committed foreign exchange fraud to a tune of nearly Rs. 67.15 lakh between 1985 and 1989.
The CBI had filed a case against Deepak in 1991 and charge sheet under criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and other offences on December 30, 1996. And he has been absconding from the day and CBI has searched at every city for Mr. Deepak.
CBI thought Facebook would be an idle platform to catch him and opened temporary Facebook accounts. They made friends with the accused relatives and gathered information of his moment. CBI got to know that Mr. Deepak was running a real estate business in Banglore city on his own name and was living with a female friend. “On searching Deepak Poddar on Facebook, we found a Mumbai-based businessmen group, where one of the businessmen was a friend of just two young students. It seemed a little strange, so we followed the accounts of these kids,” reported one of the CBI official.
CBI took Deepak in their custody and will move him to Delhi soon. Deepak forged bills of landing in the account of his firms without any genuine trade transaction as no material was imported into India during the period 1985-89.
Hope our Intelligence Bureau also use social networking sites to catch most wanted criminals. [ We are being sarcastic]