Twelve fraudsters, including a Chinese national, have been held in the port city for allegedly deceiving people by selling unauthorised lottery tickets.
Members of the Detective Branch and the Counter Terrorism Unit of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) nabbed the suspects from an office of on the fifth floor of Gouri Bhaban at Road-1 in the city’s Khulshi area on Tuesday afternoon.
DB Additional Deputy Commissioner Abu Bakkar Siddique told the media that the fraudsters had already made a huge sum by selling lottery tickets in the name of raising money for a so-called welfare fund.
“They sold lottery tickets using the name of PBDF. The fraudsters failed to produce any valid document to prove they had the government authorisation,” said the police official.
“Chinese national Shin Ziang, 36, who identified himself as a computer engineer, came to Bangladesh on a business visa two months ago,” Siddique added.
There was no signboard in sight in front of the house from where the fraudsters were nabbed, he added.
Palash Kanti Nath, additional deputy commissioner of CMP's Counter Terrorism Unit, said that the victims had mostly been the people from the low-income groups.
“The lottery tickets were sold through 41 shops in the city’s EPZ, Akbar Shah, Tulatoli and Ambagan areas. The fraudsters earned Tk20-30 crore per day duping unsuspecting people,” said the police official.
“The lottery tickets are printed in China. The fraudsters did not stay in one place for a long time and changed their address very often to dodge the law enforcers,” he added.