Mumbai man, posing as casting director, dupes aspiring actors of Rs 4.75 lakh
Mumbai Police’s crime branch unit on Tuesday arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly duping several aspiring actors of Rs 4.75 lakh, by posing as casting director and demanding money in return for roles in films and advertisements.
The police said the accused, Sandeep Harambale, alias Sandy, may have cheated between 100 and 150 people across the state and has 17 cases registered against him at various police stations.
Nivedita Kirtane, 34, one of the complainants, said, “Harambale approached me and two of my other friends, saying he wanted to do a photoshoot at Dapoli; he took Rs 1 lakh from each of us.”
Jayraj Ranavare, senior police inspector, crime branch unit 5, said Harambale took advance payments from several actors for photoshoots, change his mobile number and fled. Harambale allegedly contacted these people through common friends.
“Around 45 people have approached us and we have, till now, registered 10 to 15 statements of people who were duped of Rs 4.75 lakh,” said Ranavare. “The total sum may well be over Rs 15 lakh as he has cheated over 100 people.” Harambale has been remanded in police custody till August 9.