A 54-year-old assistant manager with a nationalised bank was cheated of Rs 90,000 by a man, who posed as Mhada chief executive officer and promised to give him a flat from CM's quota at a cheaper price.
The police said the complainant, Pravin Dattatray Karande, is a resident of Santacruz and works with a bank at Worli’s Dr AB Road branch.
On January 30, a man met Karande in his office over opening a new bank account for a relative. The man, in his 40s, said his name was Hemant Deshpande and that he was the chief executive officer of Mhada.
“During his meeting, the man received several phone calls and discussed big deals of Mhada flats, giving Karande an impression that Deshpande was a top Mhada official,” said a police officer.
He said: “The man told Karande that his department handles Mhada flats under chief minister’s quota and he can provide flats at cheaper rates. He said the lottery for these flats will be declared on February 3. Karande was convinced and wanted to buy a flat for his nephew.”
The man told Karande that he would have to pay Rs90,090 and also gave details about what documents would be required. Karande immediately arranged for the money and handed it over to the man, who asked him to come to his house, Deshpande Villa, near Bandra Talkies the next day for further formalities.
“After Karande reached Bandra Talkies, he started searching for the bungalow but there was no Deshpande Villa in the area. Suspecting something wrong, Karande enquired at the Mhada office at BKC. He was told that no CEO named Hemant Deshpande is employed with Mhada,” said another officer.
Karande realised that he had been cheated. Last week, he registered a complaint with the Worli police station. Senior inspector Vinay Kulkarni said that the probe was on.