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Another cheating case against Gorai estate agent

mumbai Updated: Mar 13, 2010 02:04 IST
Shahkar Abidi

The Gorai police on Thursday booked Ronald Rodrigues (38), an estate agent, in one more case of impersonation and cheating.

Police said that they had received more then 100 complaints against him duping people of their properties worth crores. Rodrigues, who was arrested in November last year, is in judicial custody.

In the latest case, Joana D’ Silva (62) from Ullhasnagar alleged that she owns an ancestral property in Manori, which was registered in her father’s name Paul Duning, who died in 1989.

She relaised that the property had been transferred to Gorretti Feriera (52). The conveyance deed for the transfer was signed in the year 2002 and since then the transferee has given the property to someone else on rent.

“How can the deed be signed and made in 2002, when my father had died 13 years before that?” D’Silva said in her complaint.

DCP Sanjay Banerjee, said: “Further investigation is on.” Police say that Rodrigues, a class eighth dropout, is an expert in forging documents.

As per the police officials Rodrigues, who was a real estate agent, would make note of the plots whose title owners had died years ago without making a will.

This information is easily available with the land and revenue department.

Once the target plot was identified, Rodrigues, without the knowledge of the legal heirs, would impersonate an old person as the title owner of that plot.

The plot would then be sold or transferred to another accomplice of his, which would then be eventually transferred in Rodrigues’ name.

Police sources said Rodrigues had highly placed contacts at various government agencies. “ Its all hands-in-glove with the officials” said the source.