Police parade 'NASA conmen' wearing space suits in India

Delhi Crime Branch busts con artists who sold a non-existent device called Rice Puller

A man and his son have been embarrassingly paraded in "space suits" by Indian police after they were arrested for allegedly defrauding a businessman by pretending to work for NASA.

The pair allegedly convinced the victim to buy a copper plate for $213,156, claiming it had "special properties" to it, police said. In this regard, they also said that that they would have to import some chemicals, according to the police.

A businessman lodged a complaint alleging that he was duped of over Rs.1.4 crore by a father-son duo.

It all started three years ago, when Narendra came in contact with an individual who explained the huge profits that were to be gained by investing in the RP, which was apparently required by the likes of NASA and DRDO, no less.

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"Cheats take a copper plate or utensil and coat it with liquid magnet and then fill some boiled rice with small iron wires and fool the victim by pulling the iron-clad rice grain with the magnet coated copper article", India Today quoted Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police, crime branch.

After that, the victim entered into an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Virender Mohan Brar and paid Rs 5.6 lakh, Rs 19 lakh, Rs 24.6 lakh and Rs 38 lakh for arranging special anti-radiation suits to be worn by scientists during testing, fees of scientist, for obtaining chemicals required for testing etc.

They reportedly told investors they were building a device which they called the "rice puller", which could be used to generate "electricity from thunderbolts".

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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.

Police believe that in addition to the New Dehli businessman, the father and son may have conned money out of up to 30 people across northern India. He also found out that the so-called scientists were also a part of the plan and were working with the fraudsters for Rs 20,000.

Alleged "Rice Pullar" copper plate, anti radiation scientist's suits of NASA, anti radiation chemical stickers have been recovered along with laptop, printer, blank letter heads of Rehan Metals/USA, cheque books, fake ID cards of Rehan Metals and one Audi auto.

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