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Bank Fraud Case: Accused Arrested for Impersonation and Cheating



Porvorim, Goa – In a significant development, the Porvorim Police Station has successfully apprehended a suspect involved in a case of impersonation and fraud. The incident dates back to July 25, 2022, when Mr. Yogesh Sharma, Manager of the Socorro Branch of Punjab National Bank, lodged a complaint regarding an offense.

According to the complaint, an unknown male suspect, accompanied by an unknown female accomplice, approached the Punjab National Bank branch in Socorro, Goa, on November 16, 2021. They submitted a fraudulent vehicle loan application, supported by a fake quotation from M/s Coastal Honda, Panaji, along with forged documents. The suspects, impersonating as Mr. Shamantak Subrao Kadekodi and Mrs. Kavita Munibasavraj, successfully obtained a vehicle loan amounting to Rs. 8,00,000/- for the purchase of a white Honda Amaze car with registration number GA-03-Z-6591. A counterfeit insurance copy, showing hypothecation to PNB Bank, was also produced, and the second accused acted as a guarantor for the loan.

The Porvorim Police Station registered a case (Cr. No. 76/2022) under sections 419, 468, 471, 420 R/W 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in connection with the incident. Subsequent investigation revealed that the accused had used the identities of deceased individuals from Karnataka. It was also discovered that the accused had sold the car to a buyer in Belgavi, Karnataka, through a Car24 store. The vehicle was subsequently seized in Belgavi.

The accused was found to be involved in similar fraudulent activities in various parts of Karnataka and had been evading arrest. With the assistance of the Karnataka Police, the accused was apprehended in Bengaluru and subsequently brought to Goa by a team of Goa Police, where he was placed under arrest. The accused’s wife, identified as Mrs. Priti Manjunath from Dharwad, Karnataka, is also being sought for her involvement in the case.

It has come to light that the accused, Dilip B. R, is highly educated, having completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering. The investigation was supervised by SP North Nidhin Valsan and SDPO Porvorim Vishwesh Karpe. The team, led by PI Anant Gaonkar and PSI Pratik Bhat Prabhu, included constables Yogesh Shinde, Tushar Raut, and others.

The accused has also been implicated in a fraud case involving Indian Overseas Bank, Porvorim Branch. The police have obtained a four-day remand for further investigation into the matter.

This arrest marks a significant breakthrough in the ongoing efforts to combat fraud and protect the interests of financial institutions and the general public. The Goa Police continue their relentless pursuit of justice and remain committed to upholding the law and order in the state.