Model and Malayalam film actress Dhanya Mary Varghese has been arrested for financial fraud of Rs 130 crore, said police on Friday. Varghese, her husband John and his brother Samuel, were on the run after complaints filed by clients, who had booked apartments from Samson Builders, owned by John’s family, but the company failed to honour the contracts.
Dhanya’s father-in-law, Jacob Samsun, a former state government employee, was arrested last month, and the trio picked up from Tamil Nadu’s Nagercoil.
The actress along with her husband John Jacob, Managing Director of the Samson and Sons Builders and Developers Private Ltd, and his brother Samuel Jacob, were taken into custody from Nagercoil on complaints from various persons who had invested in apartments and villas promised by the developers, police said. According to police, Varghese, even though not a director in the company, had misled clients by stating on the company website that she was a director.
Their real estate company had taken up various projects in Thiruvananthapuram city in 2011, promising to deliver 500 flats and 20 villas within two years.They had collected Rs 100 crore as advance during booking from various people, including non-resident Keralites and another Rs 30 crore promising high interest, police said. However, when they failed to deliver the promised flats, several people filed complaints with police.
Varghese made her debut in the Tamil film Thirudi and later entered the Malayalam industry, where her popular films include Nanma, Thalappavu, Vairam, and Kerala Cafe.
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