A Mumbai businessman who 'mentored' Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the alleged mastermind of the multi-million dollar fake call centre racket, has been arrested, police said on 17 October.
The US-based taxpayers were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers.
The 33-year-old man, identified as Jagdish Kanani was arrested from suburban Borivali last night, a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.
According to police, Thakkar, who is on the run, has worked under Kanani in the past at Ahmedabad and Mumbai, where he and some of his associates picked up the tricks of trade from his 'Guru'.
In fact, Kanani started out working in a BPO firm abroad where he learnt the methods of collection through outsourcing firms and brushed up his knowledge to build a lucrative business and then set up fake call centres across the country to earn a quick buck by extorting money from US victims, the officer said.
Kanani came on the police radar after leads during interrogation of the arrested accused in the racket, he said.
Kanani is a prized catch for the Thane Police as it will help the cops dig more into the con syndicate which has spread its tentacles nationwide including in cities like Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Thane, he said.