Unity scam mastermind Gurung held
Forty-four-year-old Gurung, who was on the run after being accused of swindling billions of rupees from over 650,000 people, was on the police's 'most wanted' list. He is the alleged mastermind of the Unity networking scam. He has been accused of offering social security schemes to people without legal permission and running network marketing based on the pyramid scheme. Gurung collected around Rs 6 billion from the scam, police said.
Gurung had absconded with three other Unity honchos--managing director Bishnu Chhetri and Finance Directors Krishna Bahadur Chhetri and Mahendra KC.
An investigative team led by Inspector Abadesh Bista from the Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range (MPR) arrested Gurung, who hails from Syangja district and is a former personnel of the Indian Army.
Of the 101 central committee members of the ULI, police have arrested 52 so far, while 49 others are still absconding.
After the arrest at 6:30 am, police took Gurung to Bhadrapur via road and then to the Capital by air.
According to the MPR Lalitpur in-charge, SSP Rajendra Man Shrestha, the arrest followed information that Gurung was hiding in various parts of West Bengal state in India, including Darjeeling, and Sikkim.
He had been living in that area with relatives and carried a fake driving license issued in the name of one Vinit Lama.
Police also confiscated credit cards issued in the name of Jaumaya Gurung. During preliminary investigations, Gurung introduced Jaumaya as his sister living in India. Police, however, did not reveal further information related to the credit cards.
Earlier, the government had frozen the accounts of ULI and those of its promoters in banks, financial institutions and cooperatives sectors.
For details, read Thursday's The Kathmandu Post
Posted on: 2012-08-01 05:35