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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Jul 2014

Kerala con man arrested for cheating, raping woman

Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 28, 2013
First Published: 01:59 IST(28/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:01 IST(28/7/2013)

A 45-year-old man from Kerala was on Saturday arrested on charges of cheating and rape. The man used to pose as a CBI officer and promise government jobs to his victims.

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Police said Jojo Matthew was a habitual cheat who targeted women from his own state who stayed in Delhi. The accused was apprehended by a team of the central Delhi’s IP Estate police following investigation into a rape and cheating complaint filed by a 35-year-old woman from Kerala.

In her complaint, the woman had alleged Matthew raped her in his car near Bal Bhawan in March this year after calling her there on the pretext of returning Rs. 4 lakh in cash and 120 gram gold jewellery he had taken from her. He had promised to get her a government job and a government flat allotted in her name, police said. The woman is separated from her husband.

A senior police officer said the woman first met Matthew at Gole Market in 2011 when he asked her the way to Kerala House. “Matthew told her that he was a CBI officer who was transferred to Delhi from Kerala. During their conversation, he took her mobile number, saying he is new in Delhi and would contact her for help,” the senior officer said.

Matthew, the officer said, then started calling her and soon befriended her. A few months later, he told the woman that he can arrange a job for her at Nirman Bhawan for which he took Rs. 4 lakh in cash from her.

“Matthew later asked her to arrange some more money for getting a government flat. Since the woman did not have enough cash, he tricked her into depositing her gold jewellery in his name in a leading gold finance company against a lone of Rs. 2 lakh. But the very next day, Matthew returned the amount to the bank and got back the gold valued at around Rs. 5 lakh,” said the officer adding Matthew’s wife is a paramedical staff in a government hospital located near Delhi Gate.

Police said his interrogation has revealed that he cheated some more women from Kerala using the same modus operandi. But no one dared to lodge a complaint against him because he had threatened to serve them legal notices and fabricating them in false cases.


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