The city police have arrested three distributors of a DTH (direct to home) service provider for allegedly duping the service provider to the tune of Rs84lakh.

The accused are authorised DTH distributors who allegedly misused a technical glitch in the DTH provider’s system and managed to dupe the service provider. The accused have been identified as Shammikumar Arora, 29, Gurprit Khera, 28 and Manprit Khera, 24. They all run a DTH distribution centre in Haryana.
3 held for duping DTH service provider in Mumbai of Rs 84 lakh

According to the police, the complainant in the case is the general manager of the DTH service provider. The company has fixed distributors with who the company signs an agreement and provides them login IDs to access its electronic voucher distribution system. After a distributor makes a payment to the company, the company sends him voucher distribution data. Later, the distributors sell this data to the dealers, who in turn sell it to customers to recharge their DTH accounts.

If some data is unsold then the system has a facility of returning it. The dealer returns unsold vouchers to the distributor and gets refund against the same.

Police said that normally, a voucher that has already been returned after failing to be sold cannot be returned again. However, the accused made use of a glitch in the DTH provider’s system that allowed this to happen, police said.

“In this case, the accused distributor created nearly 100 fictitious dealers with fake names and addresses and returned the unsold vouchers twice and sometimes thrice. The accused later also sold these unsold data vouchers at almost half the rates to genuine dealers and pocketed the money. In all, he duped the service provider of Rs83.99 lakh,” said an officer from the NM Joshi Marg police station.

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