Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lavina Pinto aka cyber crime ki Phoolan Devi - Mid Day - 25 May 2009

Dattawadi police reveal name of Mumbai based credit card racketeer after they arrest yet another member of her gang

The Dattawadi police station believes it is on the verge of cracking a suspected international multi-crore credit
Cheated: Naresh Moryani, owner of Baba Infotech, was duped by Lavina Roland Pinto. File Pic

card racket after it arrested Bhagirath Saini (24), an alleged member of a gang led by a Mumbai-based resident Roma alias Lavina Roland Pinto (27). While Roma's brother Roshan is in police custody, she continues to be absconding.

MiD DAY broke the story on Roma's gang on May 5 in its story 'Cyber Crime ki Phoolan Devi'. Members of her gang were apprehended when they attempted to buy products with counterfeit credit cards at electronic showrooms Data Care Centre, Baba Infotech, and DASS electronics on Sinhagad Road between 6.00 and 6.45 pm on April 28.

The police told MiD DAY that the card the gang used in Pune was traced by a bank to a customer in Australia. "They smuggle zero numbered credit cards from banks and embed them with names of international customers of the banks," sub-inspector B R Naikawde of Dattawadi police station, the investigating officer in the case told MiD DAY yesterday.

Naikawre told MiD DAY that Saini's arrest brought the police closer to Roma, who is operating from north India. "Our investigations have revealed that Roma has married twice. Her second husband's name is Shambhu alias Sajjansingh Rathod," he added.

FIRs have been registered against Roma in various parts of the country, including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. "The woman is IT savvy. She graduated from a college in Bandra in Mumbai, and has amassed crores through fraudulent means. She owns three flats, one of which is in Naigaon near Mumbai. Members of her gang, which includes Nigerians, are educated and speak fluent English," Naikawde added

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