Delhi-based jeweler’s accountant detained for defrauding Rs 2 Cr to watch adult content online
An accountant for a Karol Bagh-based jeweler has been arrested for allegedly embezzling more than Rs 2 crore from his employer’s account to watch adult content on a Chinese mobile live chat app, police said on Friday.
The accused, Mahesh Chand Badola (42), resides in Burari in north Delhi. He was arrested by the Economic Crimes Wing of the Delhi Police Force after his employer, Dinesh Kumar Gogna, complained to the Karol Bagh Police Station, they said.
In his complaint, the jeweler alleged that Badola had worked with him for 17 years. Initially, he was given the duties of an accountant, but later the owners of the company gave him their bank details and debit cards for business purposes.
Badola used the phone number linked to that bank account as the official contact number.
“Upon close examination of the bank account, Gogna found that as of April 2019, an amount of over Rs 2 crore was transferred through Paytm to an online application named ‘BIGO’. was then transferred to EOW for further investigation, ”said Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) OP Mishra.
During the investigation, Paytm confirmed that the funds from the MC Jewels Private Ltd account were transferred to Badola’s Paytm account which was then used to top up an ID created on “BIGO”.
The Chinese company facilitates live chat online. The BIGO India service confirmed the transactions to the police, he said.
Fearing he would be caught, Badola was on the run and was declared a proclaimed offender in February of this year. On a denunciation, he was detained in the Burari region, the officer said.
Badola revealed that he was addicted to obscene live chat through the BIGO app. He registered with BigoLive for online chats with other users. From his Paytm account, he reloaded his ID with BIGO Live The unused top-up amount was withdrawn via Payoneer (another online payment application) from the accounts of his accomplices, “said the officer.