A 36-year-old man, who was out on bail after being arrested for cheating five women of cash and valuables through matrimonial websites, was recently arrested again.
He had cheated another four women through two popular matrimonial websites. “He targeted widows or divorcees,” the police said.
The accused, Feroze Ahmed Niyaz Shaikh, 36, is a resident of Meghwadi. He was arrested by the Bangur Nagar police in 2015. Later, police learnt that he had also cheated four other women. He had FIRs registered against him in MRA Marg, Khopoli and Kharghar police stations.
Investigating officer assistant police inspector Sudheer Wagh of Kharghar police station said Shaikh was arrested for five cases registered against him between 2014 and 2015. He was out on bail.
A few days ago, the airport police arrested Shaikh after a 40-year-old woman from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh filed a complaint against him. The woman is a widow and has two daughters. She met Shaikh in August through a matrimonial site, where he had used a fake name and said he was a pilot from Chandigarh.
Shaikh visited her in Indore on August 24 and promised to marry her. Later, she came to Mumbai and stayed at a hotel. He took her out and then cooked up a story he needed to return to the hotel as he was not feeling well. He took with her mobile phone, went back to hotel and took away all her belongings worth Rs1 lakh and fled. Investigating officer Deepak Deshmukh said, “The woman with help from locals lodged a complaint.”
During investigation, the police found out that he had cheated a woman in Nagpur, who told the police that he had cheated two more women as the Ghatkopar police had phoned her.
Assistant police inspector Siddhanand Mandaokar of Kamtee police station in Nagpur rural said the 31-year-old woman, a divorcee, met the accused on a matrimonial site. He told her that his name was Rahman Shaikh and he was working with Air India. He showed an interest to marry her and she gave him her debit card’s PIN. He withdrew Rs73,000 from her account and fled.