inspired by film ‘Catch me if you can’; Rajasthan conman’s father also arrested in eight cases of fraud

inspired by film ‘Catch me if you can’; Rajasthan conman’s father also arrested in eight cases of fraud

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

Revealed: July 6, 2020 2:50:35 am


The modus operandi adopted by the 2 accused was similar to that of US conman Frank Abagnale as proven within the movie. (Representational)

Days after a 23-year-old man from Udaipur in Rajasthan was arrested for allegedly duping a minimum of 20 employers of lakhs of rupees, the accused’s 47-year-old father was additionally arrested on Saturday for his involvement in eight more circumstances with comparable modus operandi. The accused had claimed that he was impressed by the character of conman Frank Abagnale proven in Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘Catch me in case you can’.

Based on police, Ramesh Soni alias Prakash Parekh, (43), father of Jai alias Jayesh Soni(23), resident of Udaipur, was held on Saturday by Narol police. Earlier, Jayesh Soni was additionally held by the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Department for his involvement in 20 circumstances of fraud in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Udaipur up to now 5 years.

Based on police, the father-son duo was impressed by the Hollywood movie ‘Catch me in case you can’ wherein the central character used totally different identities to commit fraud and evade arrest.

Ramesh Soni impersonated as his son Jayesh and allegedly duped an Ahmedabad-based businessman.

“Ramesh Soni impersonated himself as Jayesh Jain and began working as an assistant accountant at an organization in Vadodara which belonged to an Ahmedabad-based businessman. He then stole a cheque from the cheque ebook of his employer and made a pretend stamp on it to get it cleared in his title for an quantity of Rs 14.78 lakhs. We arrested him on Saturday and based mostly on our probe, his involvement has come out in seven more circumstances with the identical modus operandi. Each father and son operated in several cities as conmen,” stated a police officer at Narol police station.

Based on police, the accused father and son are proficient in English, Hindi and Gujarati. In 2015, they watched the movie ‘Catch me in case you can’ and acquired an concept from it the place they discovered account auditing, tally software program and excel sheet work from YouTube. Then the accused allegedly used MS Paint software program to create a number of pretend IDs of their very own Aadhaar and PAN playing cards. Utilizing the pretend IDs they created a number of financial institution accounts in Udaipur, Vadodara and Ahmedabad and acquired SIM playing cards underneath pretend names as properly. Police additional said that after creating pretend IDs, the accused then began contacting firms in several cities for job vacancies. The modus operandi adopted by the 2 accused was similar to that of US conman Frank Abagnale as proven within the movie.

Based on police, Ramesh Soni has dedicated frauds in Ahmedabad (4), Vadodara (1) and Jaipur (3) from 2015 until now.

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