Fake IPS officer, mother held for duping banks in Kerala Thrissur(Ker), Nov 7 (PTI) A 29-year-ol

Fake IPS officer, mother held for duping banks in Kerala Thrissur(Ker), Nov 7 (PTI) A 29-year-old man whoimpersonated as IPS officer and swindling various banks ofover Rs 1.5 crore was arrested by police early on Thursday,police said.

The accused, Vipin Karthick, was picked up from a busstand at Chittoor in Palakkad district this morning after amassive man-hunt was launched for him.

His partner in crime, his 58-year-old mother, Shyamala,who posed as a Public Information Officer, had been arrested afew days ago from Kozhikode.

The duo is believed to have duped banks of over Rs 1.5crore, Thrissur District Police chief Yatish Chandra, toldPTI.

There were already 15 cases against them while three morehave been added now, he said adding more cases are expected tobe filed in the coming days.

The accused used to go to various places in his uniform,he said.

In 2014, the man had availed loan from a bank inKozhikode posing as a software professional from Kochi.

He never repaid the loan, was arrested and later jumpedbail and started posing as to 'IPS officer' of Jammu andKashmir cadre to cheat banks.

Posing as an IPS officer, Karthick along with his mothercreated fake salary certificates and availed loans fromvarious banks to purchase luxury cars.

It was found that the duo had availed Rs 30 lakh loanfrom Indian Overseas Bank at Guruvayur to purchase 2 luxurycars.

They had also swindled a bank manager from Kollam ofabout 97 sovereigns of gold ornaments and Rs 25 lakh.

Karthick was engaged to an engineer from Adoor a fewmonths ago and the marriage was scheduled later this month.