Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Tk 1 lakh charged from each client for fake NID to avail bank loans

Published 11:36 pm | September 13, 2020

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online desk ; Those who didn’t return money borrowing from banks, or didn’t pay credit card dues, were the clients of the group. They used to make the national identity (NID) cards for their defaulted clients so that they could avail fresh loans from banks.

Detectives of Lalbagh Division under the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested five members of the group conducting a raid at a flat at Dhaka Zoo Road area under Mirpur Model Police Station on Saturday. Two of the arrested persons were the data entry operators of the Election Commission (EC).

Twelve dual, fake and duplicate NID cards were also seized from the arrested persons during the raid.

The arrested were identified as Sumon Parvez, Majid, Siddhartha Sankar Sutradhar, Anwarul Islam and Abdullah Al Mamun.

Lalbagh Division’s deputy commissioner Rajib Al Masud said Sumon Parvez and Majid used to charge Tk 80 thousand to Tk 1 lakh from each client with the promise of arranging bank loans. After receiving loans, the clients used to pay 10 per cent of the borrowed amount.

Police officials who were involved in investigation said those who secured a second NID included different professional groups including doctors and engineers.

Using those NIDs, the clients borrowed money from City Bank Limited, UCB Bank Limited, NRB Bank Limited and BRAC Bank Limited. One Md Milton borrowed Tk 3 crore from the North South Road of South Bangla Bank Limited using a second NID card.

After initial inquiry, police learnt that Sumon Parvez used to work at a loan verification firm seven to eight years ago. The work of the firm included evaluating the clients’ eligibility to borrow from banks. Later, he left the job and joined hands with the group.

On the other hand, arrested Siddhartha Sankar Sutradhar and Anwarul Islam worked as data entry operators at Khilgaon and Gulshan offices respectively of the Election Commission. They were appointed through outsourcing by e-Zone Company Limited. They had access to the EC database. Using the EC software, they could easily make fake or duplicate NID cards. They used to charge Tk 35,000-40,000 for making each NID card.

A case was filed with Mirpur Model Police Station against the arrested persons.

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