Police said a couple from Ghaziabad had been trapped in honey and urged them to pay hundreds of businessmen and senior working professionals by blackmailing them with their intimate photos and videos of sexual conversations.
The couple, known as Yogesh and Sapna Gautam, extorted money from wealthy people from across the country for more than a year, and later had nearly 30 women helping them with the alleged crime.
ThePrint reported that the couple extorted more than Rs 20 crore from 300 people. The two and three other people were arrested from their flat in Ghaziabad’s Raj Nagar extension on Friday.
“Sapna and her husband split. (Sapna) was joining the site using new identifiers and talking to the victims. She also trained other women for the job. The report quoted a senior Ghaziabad police officer as saying in the report that Yogesh took care of the sites (places from which calls were made to the victims). ), phone numbers and bank accounts.
“On the website (Stripchat), one has to pay 234 rupees per minute. Half of the money is taken by the website and the rest goes to the couple to provide their services, such as sex chat,” the officer said.
The police officer said the couple were convincing users to give up their personal data such as phone numbers and then video calls were made to them via WhatsApp where they were forced to “undress, masturbate and indulge in other sexual activities. Then the defendants blackmailed them with the videos recorded to extort money.”
The couple’s suspicious activities came under the radar when they were contacted by Rajkot police in early October after the owner of a chartered accounting firm claimed that one of his employees had made a transaction worth Rs 80 lakhs from the company’s account to a bank account located in Ghaziabad.