Luo Song aka Charlie Peng
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Officials said the central agency has imposed sections on the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against 42-year-old Charlie Peng aka Luo Song. Charlie Peng is said to be the ringleader of the racket.
The Income Tax Department conducted raids on August 12 against Peng and some of his alleged associates, including Indian and bank personnel. Income tax officials raided at least two dozen premises including Peng's premises in Gurugram.
Officials said the ED had taken cognizance of the evidence and action of the Income Tax Department and the FIR of the Special Unit of Delhi Police against Peng before registering a criminal money laundering case against Peng.
According to the sources, Peng is accused of possessing a fake Indian passport and the Income Tax authorities had said that he had created a network of pseudo-companies in the last two-three years to divert money from China.
He said that his business was to import and export medical and electronic goods and some other items for show. Peng is currently being questioned by the Income Tax Department in addition to central intelligence agencies.
Sources said Peng was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in September 2018 on charges of fraud and forgery and was allegedly operating an illegal 'money changer'.
It is also alleged that Peng obtained a fake Indian passport from the state after marrying a woman from Manipur. Some fake Aadhaar cards were also recovered during the raid against him.