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Nigerian, female friend nabbed for running job racket in Delhi

A 41-year-old Nigerian national and his 24-year-old Indian woman friend were arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly cheating job aspirants by promising them employment in foreign countries

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2018 04:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Nigerian Imasaun Henry Omorogby and friend Sheela Dey alias Priya Dass after their arrest.(HT Photo)

A 41-year-old Nigerian national and his 24-year-old Indian woman friend were arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly cheating job aspirants by promising them employment in foreign countries.

The two were wanted in a cheating case in which they had duped a woman from Dwarka of around Rs 8 lakh after offering her the post of an operation manager in an oil and gas company in Malaysia on a monthly salary of Rs 2.5 lakh.

Deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said the Nigerian Imasaun Henry Omorogby and friend Sheela Dey alias Priya Dass from Hyderabad were caught from outside Hyderabad airport on August 14 following information that Sheela was returning from Bangkok and she would meet Henry at the airport.

“Two laptops, seven mobile phones, five cheque books, 27 plastic cards, four forged PAN cards and as many voter identity cards along with Rs 1 lakh in cash were seized from the duo,” said Alphonse.

DCP Alphonse said the arrests came following probe into a cheating case filed by Vaishnavi Balasubramanium from Delhi’s Dwarka. The complainant told police that in September last year she had received an email with a job offer in Malaysia. She responded to the email and forwarded her personal biodata and other requisite documents.

“The racketeers tricked her into depositing a total of Rs 8.05 lakh in their bank account, saying the money was required for obtaining work permit, immigration clearance and for other processing fee. To win her confidence, they also sent her a fake job offer letter of the company,” said the DCP.

The woman became suspicious when in February this year she received a call from one Madhuri, who identified herself an employee of the Union ministry of finance, and demanded Rs 65,000 for releasing her documents. She contacted the ministry and upon verification found that no employee called Madhuri worked there.

A case was registered on her complaint and investigations taken up. During the probe, investigators collected information about the email addresses through which the emails were sent and also of the bank account in which the money was deposited. Police found that the email address used by the account holder was tagged with one Bhaskar Reddy on a social media account.

“We also found Sheela Dey’s photograph on social media and gathered information about her through technical surveillance. We also scanned her social media account. She had updated her status as “Going [to] Bangkok” and uploaded a photograph clicked at Hyderabad airport on August 8,” said Alphonse.

Investigators collected her travel details and learnt that she would land at the airport on August 14.

“We laid a trap and caught her with her Nigerian associate,” said an investigator.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 04:14 IST