“Yadav told us that he exhausted Rs28.88 lakh collected from nine job seekers and another Rs16 lakh from a Mumbai police woman constable, who filed a rape case against him, on the gaming platform in the hope of making more money,” assistant inspector Rajendra Usgaonkar of the Kondhwa police said on Monday.
“Yadav had downloaded the fantasy sports application on his phone and had linked his two bank accounts with it for gaming and transferring huge amounts. We have collected details of his transactions. Yadav’s bank statements confirmed that he had transferred the money from his accounts to the sports platform’s bank account. We have found Rs15,000 in one of his accounts and the other account has zero balance,” he said.
Yadav was arrested on June 20 in the rape case. The police have secured his custody in the cheating case since June 24.
Usgaonkar said, “Yadav, from Amrutwadi at Jath taluka in Sangli, belongs to a family of military background with his father and grandfather being ex-servicemen. He made five to six attempts to get into the Army but failed each time. His fascination for the military led him to inform his family that he had joined the Army. He got for himself an Army uniform and started moving around, scouting young job seekers and promising them jobs in the Army in lieu of money, and even cheating women with the promise of marriage and sexually exploiting them.”
Yadav’s father and other family members never doubted his credentials. “He stayed away from his family, resided in hotels and identified the victims he could cheat. He spent the money generated from them on entertainment and pleasure activities. Yadav stayed in a rented flat in a housing society at Yeolewadi in Kondhwa. He continues to hold possession of the property,” the police said.
“We have recovered the army uniform purchased from a tailoring unit in Khadki, where articles related to defence personnel are sold. We have also recovered a fake identity card, trouser, badge and a cellphone from him. We are questioning Yadav to trace the source of his bogus identity card,” Usgaonkar added.