In Maharashtra, Sagar Thakkar alias ‘Shaggy’, the alleged mastermind of the Internal Revenue Service call centre scam has been arrested by Thane Police. According to Thane Police officials, Sagar, who was on the run since the unearthing of the scam last year, was placed under arrest late last night after he arrived at the Mumbai airport following his deportation from Dubai.
The scam, which operated since 2013 through at least half a dozen call centres in Thane, defrauded at least 15,000 US-based tax payers to the tune of 300 million US dollars. The scam came to light last year when police raided call centres at Mira Road in Thane district on the night of October 4-5.
Subsequently, police teams raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which were a part of the racket. Over 70 people, mostly directors and key persons linked to these call centres, were arrested and 700 employees were detained. During the interrogation of arrested directors, police got the name of Sagar. However, by that time, he had left the country on October 5 before police could catch him.