The Andheri police on Friday arrested a ch a r t e re d accountant (CA) for cheating a leading private bank of Rs 12.15 lakh. The accused, Bipin Thakkar, fraudulently obtained eight credit cards from HDFC Bank and used them to withdraw the money.

The police are now on the lookout for Thakkar’s accomplice, Anil Shetty.

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The 35-year-old chartered accountant opened a bank account in the name of HACL Export Firm, said the police. He provided a Powai address for the company. “After receiving a credit card from the bank, Thakkar closed down the firm,” senior inspector P Suryavanshi said.

“Thakkar also assumed the fictitious identity of `James Fernandes’ to procure more credit cards and submitted a copy of a fake Pan card,” Suryavanshi said. “However, he submitted his original photograph.”

Once Thakkar got hold of a credit card, he used it to withdraw cash and never repaid the bank, Suryavanshi said. “The fraud has been going on for four months.”

Finally bank official, Sunder Suverna, approached the Andheri police recently and registered a complaint. “We then arrested Thakkar,” Suryavanshi added.

Thakkar is a resident of Powai. He will be produced before a metropolitan court at Andheri for remand.

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