Pune: A businessman was duped of Rs 20 lakh by the regional sales manager of a leading headset vendor under the pretext of providing him a contract from a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab in Chennai and other multinational companies.
Vidyadhar Bhamburkar (49), who has a computer accessories dealership in Kothrud, has lodged the complaint against Mumbai-based regional sales manager Anshul Singh of Innova company, a distributor of Jabra products like speakerphones. An FIR was registered against Singh with Kothrud police on Monday, following which he was arrested.
According to the police, the incident took place between September 2017 and February 2. “We have been dealing with the company for the last two years for selling headphone speakers. On September 2, Singh sent an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to our company email account stating that there is requirement of Jabra speakerphones and assured us to get a contract from the DRDO lab in Chennai. He called me to Mumbai for registration and I paid him Rs 2.5 lakh, but he didn’t give me a receipt. He took a total of Rs 11.06 lakh, but I didn’t get any contract from DRDO,” Bhamburkar stated in his complaint.
Bhamburkar told the police that the accused also faked email accounts of IKS Health, Avaya, C7 Tech companies. “Singh sent me purchase orders from these companies and made me take Jabra headphones worth Rs 9 lakh on credit. All those headphones are lying with me as he had sent fake purchase orders. Later, I doubted him and learnt that he was using fake email IDs and had give the wrong phone number
of the companies,” he added.
Police Inspector (Crime) Shankar Khatke, who is investigating the case, said, “Singh has remanded him to police custody till February 25 by a local court.”