A 23-year-old woman was recently arrested for allegedly cheating about 19 people of Rs1.27 crore and 1.3kg of gold in Dharavi.
The Dharavi police could not recover anything and the accused was sent to judicial custody by a magistrate’s court on Monday as all her victims did not keep a record or proof of the money they invested through her.
According to the Dharavi police, the accused was identified as Sudha Tevar, who has studied up to SSC and is a resident of Netaji Co-operative Housing Society near T junction in Dharavi.
Fourteen of her victims are from the society and four of them are her friends. According to the allegations, Tevar was to double their invested money within a period of six months to one year. The victims, mostly women, invested the money over a period of one year.
Tevar lured the victims by promising them rooms in slum areas at a concession and she said their investment would double as these slums were to be redeveloped under the SRA scheme.
Tevar never told her victims where she will be investing the money and all of them blindly trusted her as they knew her for several years, including some who are her childhood friends, the police said.
When the victims approached the police, they were asked to bring proof that they invested so much of the money but all of them gave her cash and gold in hand and there is no transaction or receipt to prove it. The police checked her bank account but found nothing. Tevar claims that she has returned the money.
A FIR was registered under section 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC on September 14. Her mother-in-law is a wanted accused in the case. Tevar has no prior criminal record.