CBI arrests 2 foreigners in Chennai Port Trust scam

Chennai: The CBI has arrested two foreigners in connection to its probe into a case of fraudulent foreclosure and withdrawal of fixed deposits belonging to the Chennai Port Trust (CPT).

One from Congo and another from Cameroon – were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the city in connection with the fraud in which fixed deposits of Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) were foreclosed/pre-closed fraudulently. They were reportedly on student visas and were not in possession of original passports, said a CBI press release.

The agency had earlier arrested nine suspects in connection with the scam after registering a case in July 2020 on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Indian Bank against its Koyambedu branch (in Chennai) manager, a private individual and ‘unknown others’ accusing them of committing fraud, forgery, and impersonation with the intention of cheating the bank to the tune of Rs 100 crore.

Based on further leads, investigators conducted searches at Ramapuram and arrested two foreign nationals Boussiomo Steve Bertrand Yannick and Masada Ilunga Lucien alias Bo Bo allegedly residents of Cameroon and Congo respectively.


NT Bureau