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Crypto-currency scam accused detained at Goa Airport

An accused in the alleged Rs 500 crore crypto-currency scam busted by the Thane Police has been detained at the Goa Airport after a look-out notice was issued. The accused has been identified as Vijay Bangera.

The Thane Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar told GoaChronicle.com, “We got information that he had landed at Goa airport. A team has already left to Goa to take the accused into custody. We will be able to comment on his role once he (Bangera) is taken into custody.”.

File photo Thane Police Commissioner Vivek Phansilkar

In June, the Thane crime branch had busted a cryptocurrency racket allegedly run by Lakhanpal — currently believed to be in Dubai along with four others — who cheated nearly 2,500 investors in 10 months. According to the police, the people lost Rs 500 crore after investing in cryptocurrency that had been launched by Lakhanpal at a well-known hotel in Dubai in September last year.

While Thane police had arrested an accused, several others, including Lakhanpal, had been declared absconding. Look-out notices have been issued against four accused, including Lakhanpal.

Trading in crypto-currency is banned in India.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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