- Sagar Thakkar led an affluent life and was fond of high-end cars
- He had purchased the Audi R8 car from cricketer Virat Kohli
- Sagar Thakkar allegedly masterminded a call centre scam
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, Thakkar is said to have extorted nearly $300 million from the scam, which has been operational since 2013. A US attorney in Texas set charges against a total of 56 people and five Indian companies for conspiracy to commit identity theft, impersonation of an officer of the US, wire fraud and money laundering.
The scam was unearthed when the police raided call centres at Mira Road in Thane district on October 4 last year. A lookout notice was subsequently issued against him on October 7, two days after he fled the country. Thakkar was picked up from Mumbai airport on Friday night by the police. The police had earlier arrested Jagdish Kanani, with whom Thakkar began working at the
The police said that 24-year-old Sagar Thakkar led an affluent life and was a regular figure in the Mumbai party circle. He was accompanied around by a battery of bouncers and bodyguards and was fond of high-end vehicles.
Investigators added that he had purchased an Audi R8 car, valued at Rs 2.5 crore, from cricketer Virat Kohli in May last year. However, Thane police chief Param Bir Singh said that Mr Kohli was an "innocent seller" who had no idea who he was dealing with. The luxury car was seized from Ahmedabad
Thakkar had supposedly purchased the car for his girlfriend as a birthday present.
(with inputs from Agencies)