Four arrested for duping people in capitalNovember 17th, 2008 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Four people were arrested here Monday for defrauding the public by taking money from them on the pretext of sending them abroad, the police said. The police arrested Vipin Sharma, his wife Honey Sharma, Umesh Gambhir and Bhupendra Singh.
“We arrested four people on the complaint of Harish Idnani. Idnani complained that Sharma and his associates cheated him of Rs.1.65 million. Sharma promised to send four persons abroad but then disappeared with the money and their passports,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar said.
The couple is wanted in several similar cases in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi, the police said.
“We later raided his residence in Defence Colony. The premises was locked from outside and a seal was embossed on the lock. When the seal was broken, it was found that the whole family was inside,” Kumar said.
Police seized large number of passports with fake visa stickers, semi-prepared visa tickets, forged stamps and seals of various embassies and immigration offices and other incriminating material from their possession.
“The racketeers first took a rented office under the garb of tour and travel and gave ads in leading newspapers. When gullible people responded, they were asked to deposit Rs.4,000-20,000 as visa fee.
“Then candidates were shown forged work permits and visas and were asked to deposit money to the tune of Rs.300,000 initially and Rs.200,000 on reaching their destination. After collecting money from several people, they would close the office and disappear,” Kumar added.