He cheated banks and malls of Rs3 cr.
The Borivili metropolitan court on Monday sentenced Jagdev Singh Dhillon alias Jai alias Louis Joseph Samuel, 47, to 16 years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for duping banks and mall owners by using fake international credit cards.
Dhillon was arrested by Dahisar police in December 2003 for cheating shopping mall owners, IDBI, ICICI and Citibank of Rs3 core. He operated in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Vijaywada and Chandigarh.
According to senior inspector Prakash Shishupal who had arrested him, Dhillon brought gold ornaments, diamonds, computers, laptops, mobile handsets and electronic goods from the malls.
Dhillon had jumped bail and escaped in 2004, only to be arrested again by Mumbai crime branch from Navi Mumbai in October 2006.
Dhillon, who is fluent in several languages, reportedly got the fraud credit cards from Nandkumar, a French national, whom he met in 2002.
“Dhillon has to suffer 2 years each for sections 465 (punishment for forgery) and 471 (using as genuine as forged documents) IPC. He has to suffer 3 years each for sections 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation) and 420 (Cheating) IPC. Dhillon has to pay fine of Rs30,000 and serve the sentence consequently,” said metropolitan magistrate Gautam Sirsat in his order.
Dhillon’s arrest had led the police to two of his accomplices, Mani and Manoj Kumar Pillai. Both were sentenced to 16 years’ RI in 2006.
Public prosecutor Satish Kulkarni said, “The prosecution examined over 15 witnesses and found Dhillon guilty.”
By Dayanand Kamath