A 26-year-old imposter was arrested on Monday for allegedly cheating more than 100 people in Delhi and adjacent states to the tune of over Rs50 lakh by promising them jobs in Indian Railways, Delhi Metro and leading media organisations.
The conman, who often impersonated as a Supreme Court lawyer or a journalist, also duped people of their money by offering help in securing their child’s admission to nursery at reputed schools across the national capital region, police said.
The arrested impersonator, Sanjay Kumar Aarya, belonged to a lower middle class family. A native of Hathras in Uttar Pradesh and a class 12 dropout, Aarya desired to lead a lavish lifestyle but had no money to fulfil it. To earn quick and easy money, he started cheating people, police said.
Romil Baaniya, deputy commissioner of police (southeast), said that Aarya was arrested following investigation into a cheating case filed at the Sangam Vihar police station. The complainant, Rauf Alam, told the police that he was cheated of Rs1.5 lakh by a fake advocate who had assured his son’s admission to Kendriya Vidyalaya in Badarpur.
“A team under the supervision of SHO Upender Singh was formed to nab the conman. Alam told us that he became suspicious when a woman called her on his phone and demanded Rs20,000 more for school books and dress material. Alam went to the school and during enquiry he was told that no such woman works there. Also, his child did not get admission in the school,” said Baaniya.
The team collected information about the suspect and established his identity. On Saturday, investigators were tipped off about Aarya’s presence at his Meethapur home. A raid was conducted and Aarya was caught.
“Aarya was in the process of collecting money from three unemployed youths whom he had promised jobs in Indian Railways. He already had collected cheques of Rs7,100 each from the three,” an investigator said.
During the interrogation, Aarya disclosed that he used to influence his potential victims by impersonating himself as an influential advocate, a reputed journalist and sometimes a deputy commissioner in Delhi Police.
“Aarya used to dress up like an advocate and meet his potential clients either outside the Supreme Court or the Saket court. His girlfriend used to make calls to the clients and demand money by confirming that their job was done. Aarya had given her a script which she had to read during the telephonic conversations,” the officer added.
Aarya was found involved in a similar case registered at the Jaitpur police station. Over two dozen complaints were received by the Sangam Vihar police till Tuesday evening. The complainants were from Delhi, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Palwal from Haryana. Police are hoping to receive more complaints against Aarya in the coming days.