Nigerian In Alleged “Herbal Seeds Business” Con Gang Busted In India

by Kim Boateng Posted on September 10th, 2017

Chandigarh, India, Sept. 10th: The cyber cell of the Chandigarh police have a busted a gang of online fraudsters, with the arrest of three persons, including a Nigerian national. The gang had allegedly duped a city resident of Rs 29.50 lakh on the pretext of making him invest in a business of herbal seeds.

Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell, said the accused are Emmanuel Chiendu, 33, of Nigeria, Preet Ravirya, 23, a resident of West Navi Mumbai, and Ravi Sonune of Navi Mumbai. All the accused were arrested from Mumbai and brought to the city on Saturday. A local court has sent them in four-day police remand.

Sekhon said one of the accused, Ravi, is doing BCom and Preet is a Class VII pass-out. Emmanual has a business of garments.

Police said the accused used to create fake Facebook profiles and befriend people. After getting details, they used to lure gullible people in investing in supplying herbal seeds to a UK-based pharmaceutical company.

On the complaint of city resident B R Chouhan, who had lost Rs 29.50 lakh to the fraudster, cyber cell started the investigation. It scrutinized the accounts in which Chouhan deposited money and phone numbers and zeroed in on the accused. Cyber cell in-charge said a police team was sent around 10 days ago under the supervision of inspector Usha Rani to Mumbai. A trap was laid near the RBI Colony in Maratha Temple and the accused arrested.

Police recovered 31 packets of seeds, two mobile phone and 3 SIM cards from them. Police from other states had also been on their look out.


Photo: Chandigarh India cyber cell police

Police said the accused had around 40 persons in their gang and had cheated hundreds of innocent people. They mostly target retired businessmen. Police said the accused used fake identity cards to open bank accounts and get mobile SIM cards.

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With a Degree in Environmental Sciences, Kim the self professed jack of all trades and master of some simply "goes there" and brings a level of attention and detail to Nigeria Circle's quest for excellence in investigative journalism that sets her apart. Before journalism she worked in Safety, Quality Assurance and Control in several industries.
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