In what has emerged as a well-oiled operation, the Local Crime Branch (LCB) of Narmada district police in Gujarat has arrested a woman from Delhi who allegedly ran a racket selling fake degrees from various universities across the country.
A former employee of Google, the arrested woman Beula Nand from Chhattisgarh holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering. The Narmada district court has remanded her to police custody for six days.
According to the complaint received at Rajpipla Police Station, a fake website was created on December 10, 2021, in the name of Birsa Munda Tribal University of Rajpipla.
The scam came to light when a fake degree certificate was also submitted to the university for verification. Noticing that it was fake, the Registrar of the University immediately filed a complaint at Rajpipla Police Station.
Investigations led the police to Beula and they recovered 237 fake degrees and 510 marksheets from as many as 35 universities in India. The DSP has announced the formation of a Special Investigation Team to investigate the matter.
District Superintendent of Police Dr. Himkar Singh on Tuesday informed media persons that the accused woman “Beula Nand Rev BC Nand is a resident of Chhattisgarh. She has done her Diploma in Computer. At Delhi, she has worked at top multinationals for ten years in which Google was one such company. She started selling fake degrees in the year 2020.”
He said it was a widespread racket across the country that the woman ran with her team of 31 agents and cheated thousands of people with fake degrees and mark sheets. They quoted the price of the certificate according to the university and the kind of degrees sought.
With fake degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D., they were charging anything from Rs 20,000 to Rs 4 lakh. The DSP said many more people could be involved in the racket.