Four people, one of them a Russian, have been booked for duping a 62-year-old apparel exporter of Rs. 53 lakh in the Tirupur. The central crime branch police with the city police identified the accused as Boris Ostrobrod, Director of Allison Garments Production LLC in Moscow, Himashu Subhash Chandra Pant, Director of MGH Logistics and his staff G Manikandan and J Rayar Ananth.

According to a police source, the four were booked based on a complaint lodged by R Murugasamy, of Angeripalayam, who runs Sri Amman Knits in Chetti Thottam. “His unit had exported hosiery goods worth Rs. 79 lakh to Boris in January last.” Murugasamy, the officer said, had entered into a contract with MGH Logistics in Gurgaon in Haryana to ship the goods to Russia. “MGH Logistics signed a bill of lading, saying it had received the goods and would transport it safely to be handed over to Boris after receiving full payment.”

MGH Logistics subsequently sent the goods to Credo Trans, another logistics company with a branch in Russia. “As per the agreement, the logistics company in Russia should have delivered the consignment to Boris only after him making full payment of Rs. 79 lakh in his bank, which would then forward the original bill of lading to the bank account of Murugasamy in Tirupur. But in this case, Boris paid only `26 lakh to Murugasamy. But received goods from Credo Trans,” the officer said.

The 62-year-old exporter lodged the complaint saying both Boris and MGH Logistics had caused him a loss of Rs. 53 lakh. The city central crime branch police recently registered a case against Boris, Himashu Subhash Chandra Pant, G Manikandan and J Rayar Ananth under Sections 120 (b), 406, 407 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code. “Preliminary investigations suggested that MGH Logistics could be the main culprit. It is possible the accused and the complainant might go for arbitration,” the officer told.