Karnataka:ED attaches assets worth Rs 35 crore of Vikram Investments, associates in Ponzi scheme scam

Thomas (Special correspondent)

As part of Vikram investment scam,Enforcement Directorate on wednesday attached assets worth Rs.35.70 belonging to the firm and other associates under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The attached immovable properties having value of Rs. 34.21 Crore are in the form of land,office spaces and residential flats in various places in Bengaluru and movable assets are in the form of Bank balance and Fixed deposits of Rs.1.49 Crore.

ED officials initiated money laundering investigation on the basis of FIR registered in March 2018 registered by Banashankari Police Station,Bengaluru against Partners and other associates of Vikram Investments.

Including Raghavendra Srinath,along with his associates -K.P.Narasimhamurthy,M.Prahlada, K.C Nagaraj and Sutram Suresh for cheating the general public by luring them to invest in Vikram
Investments,promising high returns under the guise of commodity trading.

The modus operandi adopted by the company was that they were involved in collecting Investments from the customers under the guise of commodity trading offering huge returns to the extent of upto 30-35 per cent per annum.

However,they are not registered with any of the regulatory agencies including RBI.They ensured that customers would get back their first installment as promised.

This earned them trust and lured customers to invest even more after which the company would stop paying them back money including the principal amount.

High profile personalities also invested in his scheme in the hope of earning huge returns.

Initially,the company paid profits to the existing investors out of funds obtained from its new investors.

The company used LIC agents and others who would convince their friends and family to invest and in exchange got heavy commission.

Initial investigations suggests that around 2420 persons had invested in the said entity and total investment was around Rs.417 Crore out of which around Rs.331 Crore were paid to the clients as profits and remaining Rs.86 Crore had been embezzled by Raghavendra Srinath and his associates.

During the course of investigation,it came to notice that Raghavendra Srinath had deliberately delivered huge amount of net profit of around Rs. 35 Crore to one Mr.R.Krishna.Further investigation is under progress.