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Couple who pulled off Rs 150cr e-taxi fraud held

Greater Noida: A couple who allegedly duped nearly 17,000 people across NCR and various UP districts to pull off a Rs 150-crore scam has been arrested, more than two years after a case was first registered against the duo.
Police said the accused, Anil and Meenu Sain, aged 37 and 42, used to lure potential investors for their e-taxi aggregator business via KDM Enterprises Proprietors, better known as Go Way India, by promising to double returns. They were nabbed on Sunday from Gurgaon, where they had started an e-bike factory. They had been living earlier in Bengaluru and cities in Maharashtra.
The Sains have at least 15 FIRs lodged against them in GB Nagar and 350 complaints in various cities. Harvir Singh, one of the first complainants in the case back in June 2019, alleged that he and his brother invested Rs 27 lakhs in the firm. He also claimed he was threatened by Meenu whenever he would try to approach top cops. “Somehow, she would always get to know that I was planning to meet senior officers,” he said.
Investigating officer Shailendra Tomar said Meenu is a graduate and well-versed with computers while Anil has cleared his intermediate exam.
“They targeted retired and serving Army personnel too. Several former armymen from Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Delhi invested in their schemes. My brother and I got Rs 3-4 lakhs as returns in the first three-four months but later those stopped,” he said.
Sanjeev Tomar, a retired Army havildar, invested in the scheme on the advice of some friends. He said the accused made some people sign ‘settlement’ documents. “Four-five investors were told their money would be returned but it never was,” he said. Police said at least two more people, Pradeep Sharma and Kunal Sain, are yet to be arrested.


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