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Bangalore girl dupes ICICI, Citibank of Rs 64 lakh

Aug 07, 2007 10:23 PM IST India India
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Bangalore: She's 27 years old, an SSLC-pass Bangalorean, who's just succeeded in cheating two top private banks.

Hemalatha V also has four PAN cards, 13 identities, 14 credit and debit cards, seven appointment letters from IT giant Wipro and passbooks of 14 different accounts in banks like ING Vysya and HDFC.

However, these numbers are nothing compared to the amount Hemalatha's amassed.

Says DCP (Central), B N S Reddy, "She's defrauded two banks -- ICICI and Citibank -- for over one year of Rs 64 lakh. A person called Suresh assisted her, though he is absconding now."

Hemalatha ran a paying guest facility and took the photographs of people who stayed with her. She created driving licenses, and visiting cards, cheated bank agents and just made money.

"The Bangalore Central Police has booked her under Section 420 - cheating, forgery, impersonation. We have seized printers, scanners, passbooks, checkbooks, used and unused documents. We have also frozen her bank accounts," says Reddy.

One may have often heard stories of banks taking customers for a ride with hidden costs but on Tuesday, Bangalore saw a 20-something woman turn the tables.

She took many top private banks for a ride - all because she knew they verified documents through private agents and not through their own officials.