Director dupes co of 96 lakh, held
Date of Publishing:23/8/2010
Dasture Sent 740 Fake Emails To Boss In Name Of Indonesian Pharma Firm
Pune: Officials of the cyber crime cell of the Pune police on Saturday arrested the technical director of a company manufacturing herbal products on the charge of duping the company to the tune of Rs 96.52 lakh. He had assured his higher ups of providing patent for the company’s 15 products with the help of an Indonesian pharmaceutical major.
The suspect has been identified as Ajaykumar Vishnu Dasture (49) of Valvekarnagar, Parvati. Dasture was produced before the court and remanded to police custody till August 28.
A complaint was lodged by the managing director of Gracious Herbals Private Limited Company (GHPL), Madhav Vishnu Joshi, with the cyber crime cell.
According to deputy commissioner of police (cyber crime cell), Rajendra Dahale, Dasture was working as a director (technical) with GHPL for the last two years. He had sent some 740 emails to Joshi in the name of the Indonesian company. "After receiving large number of e-mails, Joshi gave Dasture Rs 96.52 lakh for getting the order from the company," Dahale said. He said that the suspect, however, purchased a flat and a car from that money.
Dasture had assured Joshi that the officials of the Indonesian company will visit GHPL and the process will begin soon after. Joshi waited for the officials, but in vain. On suspecting foul play, Joshi lodged a complaint with cyber crime cell, Dahale added.
Dahale said that investigations have revealed that the suspect had created fake e-mail address in the name of the Indonesian company. He had sent all the e-mails to Joshi from his residence. "After confirming Dasture’s involvement in the crime, we arrested him on Saturday," he added.
Inspector Sunil Deshmukh of cyber crime cell told TOI that Dasture has been booked under section 420 (for cheating), 403 (Dishonest misappropriation of Property) and 408 (Criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66 A (B) and 66 (C) of the Information and Technology Act.
The police suspect Dasture may have duped other companies using the same method.
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