Tamil Nadu: Conmen pose as income tax sleuths, pick up Rs 20 lakh from businessman’s house in Coimbatore

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Coimbatore: In another fraud incident, five men posed as income tax officials and tricked a businessman out of Rs 20 lakh in Kinathukadavu on Saturday. According to reports, the five-member gang went to the home of a quarry owner around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the report, the victim was identified as K Panchalingam. According to the police, the gang drove up to Panchalingam’s residence and introduced themselves as an income tax officer.

Fake IT officials took his phone and started raiding. The gang members locked the victim’s house from the inside and took a digital video recorder or CCTV camera, and six checks before fleeing the place.

In his complaint to the police, K Panchalingam also said that they also accused him of tax evasion and told him that they were officials of the income tax department and that they had come to a raid. During the raid, men posing as income tax officers found Rs 20 lakh in cash and checks from his almirah.

When Panchalingam asked why they hadn’t brought police with them, they told him that the police would arrest him and put him in jail for the offence.

While commenting on the incident, a police officer said, “The five men wore formal attire with a tie and used fake ID cards. They often spoke to each other in English,” according to the statement quoted by the India time.

Meanwhile, the gang members before leaving the scene told the plaintiff to get the money back after submitting the original documents to the Pollachi tax office. Panchalingam noticed that the car they drove to his house had no registration number.

Realizing that he had been cheated, the businessman approached the Kinathukadavu police. A case has been filed with Kinathukadavu Police in this matter and further investigation is ongoing.

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