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CID to seek Interpol support for bringing back ringID owners

  • Published at 08:26 pm October 11th, 2021
Ringid Owners
Sharif Islam and Ayrin Islam, owners of e-commerce company ringID Collected

Keeps over 30 e-commerce platforms under surveillance

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will take help from the Interpol to bring back the owners of e-commerce company ringID.

Kamrul Ahsan, additional DIG (cyber investigation and operations), said this during a press briefing at the CID office on Monday.

He also said that Bangladesh Bank has seized about Tk200 crore from the company at CID's request. However, the actual amount of money taken by ringID is much more, and there is no trace of it yet.

Recently, several media reports and allegations brought by people on social media claimed that ringID had acquired Tk1,080 crore from people by offering jobs as agents and brand promoters in exchange for money.

Sharif Islam and Ayrin Islam, two Bangladeshi expatriates from Canada, are the founders of ringID. 

CID had arrested a ringID agent, Redwan Rahman, 22, from Borogram area of Kamrangirchar in the capital on Sunday.

During primary interrogation, he told law enforcers that each silver ID was sold for Tk12,000, gold ID for Tk22,000, expatriate gold ID for Tk25,000 and expatriate platinum ID for Tk50,000.

According to CID information, ringID embezzled Tk23.94 crore in May, Tk109.13 crore in June and Tk79.38 crore in July.

The CID official said Bangladesh Bank was requested to freeze all of ringID’s bank accounts to ensure that the platform cannot siphon off the embezzled money overseas.

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A Dhaka court sent Saiful Islam, director of ringID, to jail on October 5 in a case lodged under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

He was arrested from the capital's Gulshan area on October 1.

A woman named Ankhi Begum filed the case against 25, including Saiful Islam, with Vatara police station alleging that she was conned after investing in ringID. 

Separate list made for monitoring

CID has made a list of 60 e-Commerce enterprises following the spiked complaint by the consumers against those.

The agency of police also kept over 30 entities among those under surveillance who are accused of conducting business and not delivering products.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Imam Hossain revealed the information at a separate press conference on the day.

He said: “We made a list of 60 e-commerce platforms. However, our surveillance is mostly on 30-32 platforms, which are allegedly riddled with irregularities. Action will be taken against them after investigation. These companies have been listed mainly on the basis of customer complaints."

Many have paid advance money in full for their products, but the outlets just kept on giving them false assurances about delivering the goods. These people have filed cases and lodged complaints with police stations. The list was made accordingly, Hossain added.

The CID's additional DIG also said that they arrested six officials of Thole and another e-commerce site named WeCoom.  

They were accused of luring customers into buying low-priced TVs, refrigerators, motorcycles, electric fans and other products at heavily discounted rates.

The arrests were made as a case has been filed against them at the Cantonment police station for embezzling Tk2.5 crore from some of the customers, he also said.

The arrestees are -- Nazrul Islam, head of operations of the platforms owned by the same person; Sohel Hossain, accounts officer; Tarek Mahmud Anik, digital communication officer; Sazzad Hossain, sales executive; Munna Parvez, call centre executive; and Masum Hasan, a supervisor of the institution. 

BFIU seeks Eorange bigwigs’ account details

The Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of the central bank has sought the bank account details of five people, including Bithi Akhter, owner of e-commerce company E-Orange, and her husband, suspended police inspector Sheikh Sohel Rana.

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The letter also mentioned Bithi Akhter as the owner of e-Orange and two other women -- Momena Akhter Masuma and Nazma Sultana Priya -- as the wives of inspector Rana. The BFIU sought the bank account information of these two women.

The BFIU said if any account (including that of Islamic banking) was operated in the past or present in the name of the persons and the organization concerned all the details of the account (application form for opening the account with all documents, KYC, transaction profile, transaction details from beginning) must be sent.

If any fixed deposit, loan account, LC is opened in their names, that information should also be given.

BFIU has asked for the information of the nominees of these accounts and also the details of any accounts operated in the names of the nominees.

Consumers have complained against e-commerce company E-Orange, which was launched in 2008, for not delivering products in time after receiving the payment.

E-Orange owner Sonia Mehzabin and her husband Masukur Rahman are now behind bars in a case filed against E-Orange for embezzlement of Tk 1,100 crore from customers for non-delivery of goods and non-refund.

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