Police parade 'space suit' scammers after NASA claims exposed

Police parade 'space suit' scammers after NASA claims exposed

Brar and Mohan then kept telling Narender that a few tests would have to be carried out and the businessman shelled out Rs 87.2 lakh for these tests to be conducted, reported Times Now.

In his complaint Narender alleged that he came in contact with a man who told him that "Rice Puller" dealings involve huge profits.

According to the reports, the pair allegedly convinced the victim to buy a copper plate for $213,156 as they claimed it had special properties. They had allegedly told the complainant that if the test was successful, they would sell it to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for Rs 37,500 crore.

Dressed in "space suits", the two men were arrested by police for conning a businessman.

The victim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the accused and paid ₹8.72 million for arranging special anti-radiation suits to be worn by scientists during testing, their fees, money for obtaining chemicals required for testing etc.

The officer said police had also seized laptops, fake letters, chequebooks and an Audi auto.

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The testing of the RP was scheduled in Hapur but could not happen as the accused made an excuse that the place was not conducive and after that, he said testing was delayed by them on one or another pretext, they said. The duo spun a yarn about procuring a metal called "Rice Puller" which was highly sought after by NASA. He again entered into an MoU and paid Rs 5.6 lakh, Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 42 lakh for the same stuff he had paid earlier. This is when the victim realised he cheated by the so-called scientists.

Virender Mohan Brar also told the complainant that they would pay Rs 10 crore immediately as token money if the test found OK. At social gatherings, the father-son duo performed this trick, and if it drew the attention of any potential customer, they would continuously follow up with him and pose as a "rice-puller seller".

The crafty pair had apparently coated the copper plate with "liquid magnet" and small iron wires to try to fool the victim.

Later, Narender realised that the "DRDO scientists" were working for Brar for just Rs 20,000.

During the investigation, the RP' copper plate, anti-radiation scientist suits of NASA and anti-radiation chemical stickers were seized from their possession.

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