Nepal nationals used crypto to divert fraud money to China | Hyderabad News

Hyderabad: In continuation of the ongoing probe in an investment fraud case busted in November, Rachakonda police on Friday arrested three more Nepal nationals in the city for allegedly aiding the prime accused Depu Mandal. Cops have gathered leads that the ill-gotten money was diverted to China through cryptocurrency by the accused. Rachakonda police said that the three accused- Gopal Sherpa, Sushil Gurung and Nima Tamang- who are residents of Siliguri in West Bengal, were nabbed at Secunderabad Railway Station. In October, 2021, cyber crime police had received a complaint from B Kiran of Ghatkesar, who alleged that he lost Rs 86 lakh hoping to get high returns after clicking on a link for an online investment opportunity sent by the accused. The victim clicked on the link and later sent money to different bank accounts as directed by the accused. Later, he found out that he could not withdraw the money as promised by the accused. Based on his complaint, police had earlier arrested three persons from Siliguri and found that Depu Mandal, a Nepali, is the key accused. Though the cops had launched a manhunt for Depu, they came to know about the role of three other Nepalis- Gopal, Sushil and Nima- who were in Hyderabad and in the process of setting up a call center to dupe people by offering them fake investment plans. “Depu created fake ID proofs and gave it to the arrested accused. He used them for procuring SIM cards and opening bank accounts. On analysis of a messaging app on the phone of the accused, it was found that the proceeds from the fraud were diverted to China through cryptocurrency exchange,” Rachakonda police said. Police are trying to trace Depu, Manish Chettri and other accused. Depu is believed to have fled to Nepal to avoid being caught by the police.

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