Pune: A 38-year-old man has been arrested for impersonating as a Central government officer after he claimed to belong to the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau. He was also booked for allegedly duping a local resident of Rs 2 lakh on the pretext of providing a licensed pistol and cheating about a dozen others by assuring them membership to the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The accused was identified as Dilip Chaugale, a resident of Satara, who was running the office of the fake bureau at Sujay Complex on Sinhagad Road. The impersonator used to charge Rs 1,000 from his victims for membership and used to assure them it will provide them powers of an Anti-Corruption Bureau officer. He had taken Rs 2 lakh from Pune resident Swapnil Sakat on the promise of providing him a licensed gun, but never fulfilled his promise.
Following this, the victim lodged a complaint at Sinhagad police station. The activities of Chaugale were initially intimated by a complainant to the office of the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Mumbai, which in turn informed the Pune ACB office, which carried out a raid at Chaugale’s office.
According to the ACB, Chaugale had a huge nameplate that read ‘Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau’ on the door of his office. During interrogation, Chaugale revealed that he has duped more than a dozen people.
Police officials said that he used to lure people by boasting about his authority as an officer of the Central government. He used to take money from people on the pretext of getting their work done at State or Central government offices and then never used to fulfil his promises. He also defrauded many by promising to give them powers of ACB officers so that they can carry out raids against people involved in corruption.
The Sinhagad police booked the accused under section 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation) and 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code.