Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

NASA Con Men Wearing Space Suits In India Paraded Around By Police

NASA Con Men Wearing Space Suits In India Paraded Around By Police

"In May, one Narender, a businessman engaged in garment exports approached the Crime Branch that he had been cheated by Virender Mohan Brar, Baba Brar and others".

He wrote they had assured the victim the "rice puller" would be sold to NASA for millions of rupees after it had been tested by scientists. These are cons who allegedly duped a Delhi-based businessman of Rs. 1.43 crore claiming they worked for NASA.

Bhishma Singh, a deputy commissioner of police for the crime squad with the Delhi police, tweeted images of the men after their arrest.

They signed a deal and Narender paid Rs 87.2 lakh as fees for scientists and the cost of arranging special anti-radiation suits and chemicals that the scientists would wear while testing the device. The money was reportedly also meant to buy a few radiation suits to be worn during the tests and to import a few chemicals for the same.

Thereafter, the testing of the said RP was scheduled in Hapur but could not happen as the accused persons made an excuse that the place was not conducive and after that the said testing was delayed by them on one or another pretext.

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After that the complainant again entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the company and again paid Rs 51.1 lakh on different occasions for the testing of "RP" which was scheduled in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

The "rice puller" copper plate, fake Hazmat suits and other protective gear have been recovered from the duo, identified as Virender Mohan Brar, 56, and his 30-year-old son, Nitin Mohan.

Even though they did get caught, one must appreciate the creativity of these con men! The duo found success in convincing the businessman to buy the special metal plate called "rice puller" for $213,156 (£157,600). What's more hilarious is the fact that the father-son duo also indulged in posing as DRDO officials wearing a spacesuit to explain to the businessman why more research is required before "Rice Puller" could be sold to NASA at astronomical prices. They fill the utensil with boiled rice with small iron wires and fool people by pulling the rice towards the magnet-coated plate.

The cheats tell their victims that the RP will be purchased by NASA/DRDO for thousands of crores but the organizations will test it before purchasing.

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