In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket

In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket

 

In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket

In February this year, Ami Sheth, 35, has expressed concern on Facebook Live, a short supply of oil at a gas station in Charkop, she leaves or you know fuel rig could be a multi-million rupee scam With connections between several states.

On February 28, Sheth was launched on Facebook, claiming that despite asking for the full tank, the fuel gauge of his car was not so complete.

In May, a special task force of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police provoked a racquet from where fuel distribution units were falsified, resulting in reduced fuel supplies to customers. Their investigation revealed that the engineer said the fraud is based in the nearby city of Mumbai, Thane.

Thane police continued to follow the tracks provided by their UP counterparts and unearthed a racket that now faces several million rupees.

The probe revealed that the scam was in operation for 10 years, but neither clients nor government agencies have done so.

So far, Crime Directorate Thane has searched for 96 gasoline pumps in Maharashtra, of which 56 were found with software programs and 156 distribution units were sealed.

Police seized 195 Pulsar cards, sensors 22 cards, 71 cards and 61 gasoline control keypads in Maharashtra.

During the past two months, police arrested 23 people in Thane, eight of whom are owners and managers of different gasoline dispensers, 12 are technical distribution units of fuel manufacturing companies and three are engineers involved in the units Of software distribution.

According to police, the alleged brain of the scam – Vivek Shetye, 47 – was arrested in May of this year’s Dombivli in Thane crime brigade, and given that the UP Special Task Force (STF) for its alleged involvement in bombing Gasoline from the scam was stopped at the UP.

Shetye, a Master of Science (Electronic), would have provided microprocessors compatible with the software that control the fuel supply in remote control, UP, and other states. Thane police then took the Shetye Police watch to receive a further interrogation.

“For an ordinary man, or the oil companies, it is almost impossible to verify whether a unit was rigged,” said an official branch of the crime. “A common man could not evaluate that he was deceived by those involved in this racket, who are essentially technicians and engineers. Thane.

On July 12, Thane Crime Directorate arrested Prakash Nulkar, 49, Hubli, Karnataka. Nulkar is one of the defendants, who imported the original chips, fuel distribution units from China and then shipped the counterfeit chips in China, South Africa and Abu Dhabi. The police are investigating whether the racket was active in other countries as well.

After companies sell distribution units to a dealer, a private technician or employee of the company that manufactures the distribution unit approximates the dealer to help make extra money by controlling the fuel supply.

The control board connected to the distribution unit is then manipulated with an integrated circuit (IC) after connecting to a cable and a laptop, where the pirated and active program is loaded after entering a four-digit password. This program can be operated manually with a remote sensor.