A 46-year-old man was arrested by the Agripada police in Mumbai for allegedly duping nine people of over Rs 40 lakh under the pretext of facilitating jobs in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The police said that his accomplice, a woman, is wanted in the case.
According to the police officials, a complainant in the case is a 33-year-old man from Mahalaxmi who works as an accountant. He told the police that he met the accused, identified as Rakesh Mishra, and his partner Sandhya Rathod through his colleague, whose wife has also been duped of Rs 8.25 lakh under a similar pretense and is one of the complainants in the case.
“The accountant’s colleague had informed him that Rathod was helping his wife get a job in the BMC, following which he was introduced to her in September 2023. Rathod alleged that she was in a high post in the BMC,” an officer said.
In his statement to the police, the complainant alleged that Rathod initially claimed that several posts had been lying vacant in the BMC due to the Covid-19 enforced lockdown and subsequently offered him different posts. He was further told that different rates will be charged depending on the department and the post he chose.
“The accountant did not trust her initially, and some days later Rathod reached out to him and called him to meet in a restaurant on Curry Road. She told him that the BMC was receiving multiple applications for each post and asked him to take a decision and submit his application quickly,” said an officer.
In order to make him fall for her claims, she even told him that through her influence in the department, she managed to secure a job for him in the waste management department of the BMC. She even handed him some documents related to his appointment, following which a medical test was also lined up in a private medical institute in the central suburbs of the city.
“By November, the complainant paid Rs 4 lakh to Rathod and Mishra and as the process had stalled, he started reaching out to them. But as Rathod gave unconvincing answers, he sensed something amiss, after which he learnt that Rathod has a case registered against her in Dahisar police station while she and Mishra had taken money from eight other people using a similar modus operandi,” an officer said.
The complainant and colleague later came to know that Mishra was meeting a friend at Saath Rasta in Byculla following which they went there and confronted him.
“As Mishra tried to escape, the complainant and his colleague brought him to the police station and lodged a complaint,” said an officer.
The police said Mishra has been arrested under relevant sections of the IPC pertaining to criminal breach of trust, cheating and forgery while his female accomplice is still absconding.
An investigator added, “We are trying to understand how many people have been duped by the duo.”