One person has been arrested for allegedly cheating non-resident Indians and senior citizens to the tune of about Rs 20 lakh.
The accused, Sanjeev Bhatia, 45, a resident of Vikaspuri, was arrested from near the Naraina Industrial area on Thursday, after a complaint was filed by non-resident Indian (NRI) Harbaksh Singh Sethi.
Sethi, 74, a consulting advisor for the World Bank, registered a complaint that Bhatia and his wife had cheated him of Rs 95,937 after booking a Delhi-Tel Aviv-Delhi ticket.
Bhatia and his wife had promised to provide Sethi business class tickets for travelling on December 3 and 18.
"He had given R95,937 in cash to the accused and got business class tickets for Delhi-Tel Aviv-Delhi. However, on December 2, the accused called up the victim a few hours before the departure of the flight
and said he was urgently required to pay for the air ticket by a credit card or he would not be allowed to fly by the Airlines," said HGS Dhaliwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South).
Since the complainant had an important meeting with officials of the government of Palestine, he paid the amount of Rs 97,650 by his credit card.
"The accused handed over to the complainant a cheque bearing the amount earlier paid by him, in cash, for the purchase of the air tickets,” Dhaliwal added.
“However, later, the cheque bounced. The complainant contacted them but they avoided him and went underground," added Dhaliwal.
Police have recovered a Ford Ikon car, six Visa/Master Cards and three cheque-books of foreign banks from the accused.
Police said the accused had accumulated R20 lakh this way.