The CBI on Friday arrested three members of an inter-state fake job syndicate that allegedly collected crores of rupees from aspirants over the last two years by promising them government jobs. They were apprehended during searches by the agency at nine locations in Patna, Mumbai, Mangaluru, Bengaluru and Dhanbad.
The CBI had booked six people in its FIR and three of them – Ajay Kumar from Bengaluru, Aman Kumar alias Rupesh from Jharkhand and Abhishek Singh alias Vishal from Bihar – were arrested.
“During searches, it emerged the syndicate was operating for over two years and had collected crores of rupees from aspirants by promising them government jobs. It was alleged that the organised syndicate, consisting of private persons, was taking huge amounts of money (between Rs 10-20 lakh, sometimes in installments) under the guise of processing fees/security deposits from prospective job seekers in various central government departments and public sector units,” a CBI spokesperson said.
“Members of the syndicate conducted fake training camps for aspirants in multiple cities. Two were found operational in Patna and Mumbai’s Sakinaka in which around 25 jobseekers were being imparted training after being given fake appointment letters, purportedly of various central government departments such as the FCI and the railways,” the CBI spokesperson said.
The CBI has found an accomplice of one of the accused in Bengaluru who was taking two prospective job seekers inside the GST office purportedly to sign appointment letters. To prove its genuineness, the agency alleged, the syndicate set up fake training centres in different states.
“The accused also used to call jobseekers for handing over appointment letters and training call letters at actual government premises to present a genuine set up,” the spokesperson said.
The modus operandi of the syndicate was to approach desperate job seekers who were preparing for central government recruitment examinations.