A 28-year-old woman was arrested on Monday for allegedly cheating a senior citizen of Rs 2.5 crore, which she borrowed over three years, by claiming to be the daughter of West Bengal chief minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
Paromita Chakraborty alias Bannerjee alias Bhattacharjee, is from Agartala in Tripura. She was staying in a house owned by Usha Mishra, 62, on rent for the past three years in a residential complex at Sahkaar Road in Jogeshwari (West), said the police.
The police have also arrested Chakraborty's accomplice Aryan (full name not known) and suspect that several more are involved in the crime.
The police said Chakraborty told Mishra, who lives with her husband and children, that she was the daughter of the chief minister of West Bengal.
“She claimed that her father had no money following an Income Tax raid at his residence. Since she spoke fluent English and claimed to own a shop in an Andheri mall, the complainant and her family never suspected any foul play. She would borrow money in lakhs from the complainant,” said a police officer.
However, when several months passed after Chakraborty promised to return the money, Mishra demanded she pay the money back, last week. Chakraborty then asked her to go to the bank and take money from her fixed deposit.
“When the complainant reached the bank, she was told there were no such fixed deposits under the given name. Mishra realised she had been duped and lodged a complaint on February 26,” said Kailash Ghamande, senior police inspector of Amboli police station.
The police are trying to ascertain whether Chakraborty committed similar offences in the past.