Three of a family held for swindling money worth crores in Pathanamthitta

Anandu Vishnu, Anilkumar, Deepa

Pathanamthitta: Police nabbed three members in a family for allegedly embezzling investments worth crores via a private financial firm in Pathanamthitta. The investigation team arrested the owner of PRD Mini Nidhi Limited D Anilkumar (59), his wife DS Deepa (52) and son Anandu Vishnu (28) from their flat in Ernakulam.

Another son Anandu Krishna is also named as an accused in the case. The case was registered based on the complaint lodged by Thottapuzhassery native Athira Omanakuttan on November 3. According to the complaint, Rs 5,40,000 has been deposited in the commercial enterprise within a period between November 15, 2017, and June 29, 2022. However, the principal amount or interest could not be withdrawn even after attaining maturity of the deposit.

Police conducted a detailed probe over the amount deposited and regarding the bank accounts. The manual noted that the ownership right of the bank belongs to Anilkumar, while the others are members of the firm.

The accused have run the financial firm under many fake names and received investments by offering attractive interest rates. The swindling was proceeding without returning the money to the investors. Several other similar cases reportedly exist against the accused in many police stations and other districts. As many as 32 cases have been registered solely at Koipuram police station.

Police have seized the mobile phones of the accused and resorted to the support of cyber cell for expert scrutiny. The accused confessed to the crime after a detailed interrogation.

It has been revealed that the licence holder of the firm was Anilkumar and he did not possess the licence issued by the Reserve Bank of India for engaging in banking business.

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