Russell couple’s ‘luxury life’ with customer money

Mohammad Russell, managing director (CEO) of popular e-commerce company Evali, and his wife were accustomed to living a luxurious life despite the billions of rupees owed to customers and merchants; Shamima Nasrin is the chairman of the organization. They used to drive luxury ‘Range Rover’ and ‘Audi’ cars with the money of the customers. Every day they were in all the elite hotels and motels of the capital.

Chairman Shamima Nasrin and CEO Mohammad Russell were arrested from their Mohammadpur home on Thursday afternoon. The two captains of Evali, who have a debt of Rs 403 crore, were taken to the RAB headquarters. They are being interrogated there. RAB will hand them over in a fraud case at Gulshan police station on Friday morning.

Earlier on Thursday morning, a victim named Arif Baker filed a case with Gulshan Police Station against the chairman and managing director of Evali and other unidentified officials.

There, he mentioned that he had ordered a product worth Tk 3,10,596 on Evali’s online platform but did not get it within the stipulated time. The police have filed a case alleging embezzlement.

According to various law enforcement sources, Evali bought a luxury ‘Ranger Rover’ car for more than Rs 1.5 crore with the investment of his customer. Which Russell himself used to ride. His wife Shamima Nasrin got into the same Audi. The couple lived on the fifth floor of the house in Mohammadpur where the raid was carried out. However, he has not yet informed the law enforcement agencies whether he has bought a flat in the capital or not. Russell was at the elite hotel in the capital every day. Besides, he has deposited money anonymously in various banks. It has been found that he has also bought land in many places. However, it could not be verified by Dhaka Times.

It is learned that Evali owes Tk 403 crore to customers and merchants. And the current assets of the company is only 75 crore rupees. The company does not have Rs 338 crore.

On August 25, Sirajganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Jasmine Ara filed a case against Evali in the court alleging fraud and harassment. Evali’s managing director Mohammad Russell and chairman Shamima Nasrin were named in the case. Sirajganj Kamarkhand upazila resident said. Raj filed the case as a plaintiff. The case is currently being investigated by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI). The company said that there is a lot of progress in the case.

Dhaka Times / 18 September / SS / ES


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