The Special Operations Team (SOT), LB Nagar Zone, in collaboration with Chaitanyapuri police, apprehended seven people for providing fake educational certificates.
The accused were booked under Sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (cognizable, bailable, and non-compoundable), 120 (B) (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The crime involved Akula Ravi Avinash (33), Chinthakayala Venkateshwarulu (51), Kondre Naveen Kumar (28), Gandikota Jyothi Reddy (45), Gopinigari Vishali (26), Peddukotla Abhilash Kumar (25), Billakanti Kalyan (23), and Sonupari Vijay Kumar (50).
Raids were carried out on Monday in the presence of mediators, following which they were held near the house of Abhilash situated in Laxmi Nagar Colony, Chaitanyapuri.
They were found with 86 fake certificates, 10 fake rubber stamps, 7 mobile phones, 71 Intermediate education certificates, and 4 SSC memos.
Chinthakayala, who previously worked as a correspondent and ran two private colleges (Vignan Jr college from 2010 to 2017 and Balaji Degree college from 2013 to 2017 at Himayath Nagar and Moinabad), diverted into real estate after incurring losses in his education business, according to the police.
He then met Akula Ravi, the main supplier of fake educational certificates, and became involved in forgery with him.
He admitted that Ravi directed him to gather a list of dropouts, assure them of providing forged educational certificates, and collect Rs 3 to Rs 3.5 lakhs from each.
Furthermore, they provided forged educational certificates to those seeking employment abroad and admission to universities both within and outside of India.
They created a chain of forged certificate providers, passing the activity from one person to the next, and also appointed additional agents to meet the demand.
Vishali, Jyothi Reddy and Naveen were hired as agents for the work where they provided for B-tech dropouts, one such example was the accused Peddukotla Abhilash.
Police have also warned citizens to avoid Consultancies, Mediators/Agents offering forged certificates, and have warned of legal action if found guilty.
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