Mumbai, May 8 -- Eighteen people were arrested over Sunday and Monday for allegedly cheating a broadsheet newspaper company of Rs15 crore.

The FIR, a copy of which is with HT, stated: "The company claimed mastermind Amit Mayekar created bogus accounts on domains of various publications of the media house. Pretending that they gave articles and write-ups for these publications, they claimed remuneration for it. The complainant claimed that with this, the company was duped of nearly Rs15.07 crore from 2013 to 2017."

After the incident came to light, the company lodged an FIR with the Azad Maidan police. The probe was transferred to the economic offences wing and then the crime branch.

The police then prepared a list of 72 people, suspects,...