Heir to schlumberger OILfield services fortune
fleeced of at least six million dollars
County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Vickram Bedi (DOB
· one count of Grand Larceny in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony.
six year period from August 2004 through to October 2010, the defendants,
through Datalink Computer Services, their computer service
business located at
victim, a noted pianist and composer, is the great-grandson and great
grand-nephew of the two brothers who founded Schlumberger Ltd. the multi-national
oilfield services company headquartered in
The defendants, acting in concert, were able to defraud the victim by fabricating various security threats and scenarios using non existent foreign nationals and false affiliations with government intelligence agencies to further the security schemes. They also instilled the fear of bodily harm to the victim, his family and the destruction of the victim’s life’s work: computers containing various musical compositions.
The scheme commenced in August 2004, when the victim’s computer developed a virus. Concerned that documents, photos and more importantly the music he had written and had stored on the computer could be lost, the victim took the computer to the defendant’s premises to have it repaired. Bedi confirmed that victim’s computer had a virus and indicated that the virus was extremely virulent and had also damaged Datalink’s computers.
Bedi told the victim that he had the facility, the contacts, and the means of tracking down the source of this virus that specifically targeted the victim’s computer and that he and his family were in grave danger. As a result, Bedi convinced the victim to not only begin paying for computer data retrieval and security, but also to begin paying for necessary personal physical protection.
Bedi subsequently advised the victim that he successfully
tracked the source of the computer virus to a remote village in
Bedi further related that his uncle obtained information that Polish priests affiliated with Opus Dei were attempting to possibly harm the victim.
Bedi also advised the victim that the Central Intelligence
Agency had subcontracted with Bedi to perform work
which would prevent any attempts by the Polish priests associated with Opus
Dei to infiltrate the
Over this period Datalink charged the victim’s American Express card accounts on a continuing and monthly basis, resulting of a larceny of more than six million dollars.
In July of 2010, the Harrison Police Department became involved when interested parties contacted them regarding a civil matter relating to the investigation.
Harrison Police Department and the Organized Crime Bureau of the District
Attorney’s Office were the primary investigating agencies, with assistance from
The defendants were arrested by Harrison Police Department at their home as they were preparing to leave the country.
“As is charged in the complaint, these two defendants preyed upon, duped and exploited the fears of this victim with cold calculation and callousness,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendant’s were arraigned. “The systematic method with which they continued the larceny over a period of more than six years is nothing short of heartless.”
Bail was set at $5 Million bond over $3 Million cash for each of the two defendants.
Both defendants were ordered to surrender their passports. Temporary orders of protection in favor of the victim have been issued.
next court date in
The defendants face a maximum of eight and one third to twenty five years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Vandervelden, Chief of the Organized Crime and Criminal Enterprise Bureau, is prosecuting the case.
Vickram Bedi Helga Invarsdottir
In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of
Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is
merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty.