Chikmagalur, Mar 13: A class 10 dropout employee of Amazon India defrauded the e-commerce site of Rs 1.3 crore over a span of five months in Karnataka. The accused, who was working as a courier delivery guy, allegedly rigged the card payments made through a digital tab provided by Amazon India. The fraud was unearthed at the time of the company’s quarterly audit in February.

The accused, Darshan alias Dhruva, aged 25, was employed with Ekdanta courier company. Amazon reportedly had an arrangement with Ekdanta for delivery of products in Chikamagalur. His friends would have expensive items delivered without any actual transfer of money. Dhruva is accused of generating false payment alerts at the time of swiping the credit/debit card.

Dhruva was given a digital tab to collect money from customers and update deliver-related information. The tab includes a card-swiping unit. It is not known how the accused managed to accept card payments and yet divert the money from Amazon. Four youths, including Dhruva, have been arrested, while two are still absconding. Twenty-one smartphones, a laptop, an iPod, an Apple watch and four bikes were seized from the accused.

The arrests were made after a senior manager at Amazon on March 8 lodged a complaint with Basavanahalli police alleging that Dhruva had cheated the company to the tune of Rs 1.3 crore. “We suspect Dhruva had tinkered with the tab and cheated the company by generating a false alert every time. To ascertain the modus operandi, we have sent the tab to the forensic lab,” Chikamagalur SP K Annamalai was quoted as saying.