Serum Institute WhatsApp fraud case: Wires linked to several states, 7 accused arrested

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Money transferred from 40 accounts to 8 bank accounts, Rs 13 lakh seized
The accused are B.Tech and science graduates from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh

Pune (Maharashtra), Seven people have been arrested in the Serum Institute WhatsApp fraud case. This action was taken in connection with the alleged use of the photograph of Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India and alleged transfer of Rs 1.01 crore to various bank accounts from a director of this well-known vaccine manufacturer.

According to the FIR lodged at Bandgarden police station in the second week of September, the accused had used Poonawala’s photograph in a WhatsApp account, a police official said. Through him, a message was sent to Satish Deshpande, a director of the company, to transfer the amount. He told that Deshpande assumed that the message had come from Poonawalla and transferred Rs 1.01 crore from the company’s funds to the eight bank accounts mentioned in the WhatsApp conversation.

Money transferred from 40 accounts to 8 bank accounts
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Second Zone) Samartha Patil said, “These eight bank accounts belonged to eight persons. Seven of them were arrested from different states, while the search for the main accused is still on. We have seized 40 such accounts in which money was transferred from these eight accounts.

Rs 13 lakh seized
He said, “We have been able to seize Rs 13 lakh from these accounts. The accused are B.Tech and science graduates from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. One of the accused works in a commercial bank.

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