Odisha EOW arrests one from Delhi in fake loan application scam

BHUBANESWAR: The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Odisha Police has arrested a defendant involved in defrauding people through a fake loan mobile app, police said on Friday.

Nitin Mallik, director of Good Start Business Services Pvt Ltd, was arrested in New Delhi on July 13, arraigned in a local court and taken to Bhubaneswar on remand, EOW officials said.

The arrest was made based on the report submitted by EOW Inspector Pranati Senapati, who was investigating an allegation by Sakti Prasad Dash of Bhubaneswar regarding harassment and mental torture by recovery officers from the digital loan app Kredit Gold by sending him abusive messages. and transformed photographs, etc.

According to police officials, Dash after downloading the loan app received the instant loan amount of Rs 9,000. However, after four days, he received WhatsApp messages/calls to repay Rs 15,627.

Subsequently, he received calls and messages from different mobile numbers which were traced to the number of a company, namely Good Start Business Pvt. ltd. of which Mallik is one of the directors, they said.

Officials said that Good Start Business Pvt Ltd is not registered as a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) with the RBI and is illegally operating as a digital lender.

The EOW suspected that Chinese nationals were also involved in the scam. Mallik was in direct and regular contact with at least three Chinese nationals and received a huge salary for the work, they said.

The accused also turned out to be one of the directors of another company, namely Right Start Business Pvt. ltd. The international gang runs at least 10 such illegal loan apps and there are over a lakh downloads of the Kredit Gold app alone.

Odisha Police seized many incriminating documents such as copy of passports of Chinese nationals, copy of agreement for virtual space, contractual agreements between Chinese people and telecom service providers, chats and Whatsapp emails and several abusive text messages to the arrested defendant’s lender.

Mallik, who was allegedly responsible for lending/recovering the loans, is also wanted by different police forces including the Mumbai Police, they added.

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