Two held as police bust huge credit card cloning business in Bengaluru

Two held as police bust huge credit card cloning business in Bengaluru

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-05-05 21:01 Bengaluru: The Cyber Crime wing of the state CID on Wednesday arrested two persons, including a woman, on charges of running a credit card cloning racket in Bengaluru.The accused have been identified as Kiran DK, 34, a resident of Talaghattapura and Neeta Shanthilal, 33, a resident of Kasavanhalli in south Bengaluru. Neeta's husband and the main accused Manoj Kumar is still at large and teams are formed to nab him.Neeta had been earlier arrested along with Manoj Kumar alias Rajesh Sharma in December, 2015, in connection with another credit card cloning case. The couple was running an upmarket beauty salon in south Bengaluru, when they were nabbed in December. Released on bail, the couple resumed their criminal activities from their residence in Kasavanhalli.The police seized 2762 nameless debit/ credit cards, two high-end cars and materials of a debit or credit card printer machine, a debit or credit card reader and writer machine, two card embossing machines, SIM card imaging machine, one thermal printing role, three phones, modems, one Lenovo laptop, six bank passbooks, nine debit/credit cards, 16 cheque books, VISA/ master card holograms, 22 EDC (Electronic Data Capture) machines and 23 portable EDC machines from the accused persons.  “We raided a house in Kasavanhalli area and seized thousands of blank cards and machines to fabricate duplicate credit cards and debit cards. A case has been registered in Cyber Crime Police Station and further probe is on,” IGP Hemanth Nimbalkar said adding that the police were verifying the accused persons’ international connections.Nimbalkar said Manoj Kumar was the kingpin and he has been doing it for last 14 years across India. He has connections with hackers abroad. He holds a diploma and BBA degree, said the IGP.A history of crimeFirst case booked against Manoj Kumar in 2002 by Chennai Police. In 2003, he is arrested by Mumbai police, convicted in Maharashtra and sentenced to prison for one year. In 2005, he gets married and starts living in Chennai, working in BPO sector. For the next five years, Manoj is not into any illegal activities. But resumes credit card cloning business once again and three cases are booked against him in Chennai in 2010.In 2011, four cases booked against him in Tamil Nadu and he flees to Malaysia.In 2012, Chennai police book him under Goonda Act.In 2014, Manoj comes to Bangalore and the same year he is arrested by Indira Nagar police in Bengaluru and a case is booked against him.The Cyber Crime Police of CID arrests him for credit card fraud and this time his wife, too, is arrested. Once out on bail, he resumes the illegal business again.