Jeypore, Feb 13: Koraput Cyber Cell police arrested a West Bengal man on Monday for allegedly defrauding a woman of Odisha of Rs 1.92 lakh for installation of an ATM on her land in a prime location.
The arrested has been identified as Malaya Maity (35) of Nadigram Khadambadi.
According to police, Maity took the amount from one Manasi Mishra of Borrigumma as security money for installing a Hitachi ATM counter on her land. The woman transferred the money to a particular account number given by the accused.
However, Manasi neither got an ATM counter installed on her land nor any communication from the fraud following which she filed a complaint in Borrigumma police station on December 27, 2023, and subsequently the case was handed over to Koraput Cyber Cell.
During the investigation, police found that Maity had published an advertisement in local papers for the need of assistants to locate prime land and details of land owners to install Hitachi ATM counters. Accordingly, he was given the address of Mishra and contacted her.
A team of Koraput Cyber Cell traced the mobile number of the accused and arrested him from his village in West Bengal. The others involved with the accused will soon be traced, said Koraput Cyber Cell officer in-charge Bhabani Pradhan.
Three mobile phones and Rs 2 lakh was seized from his possession. Further investigation is on, she added.