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12 parents duped of Rs25 lakh for seats in Mumbai college, 1 arrested

The accused used to call the parents posing as a representative of the college

mumbai Updated: Sep 17, 2017 23:08 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu

A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly duping 12 parents of around Rs25 lakh on the pretext of getting their children admitted to a renowned Juhu college. The police suspect that he has cheated more parents than those who came forward.

The police said Mehfooz Shaikh, a resident of Bandra, was arrested on September 13 and remanded in police custody till Monday. Shaikh used to call the parents posing as a representative of the college and then said he could get their kids admitted there as he has ‘a clout’ in the administration, said the police.

Senior inspector Sunil Ghosalkar of Juhu police said, “We suspect he cheated another 10 to 15 parents. We are trying to get in touch with them.”

DCP Paramjit Singh Dahiya said, “He has been booked in two more cheating cases in Juhu.”

Earlier this year, a parent registered an FIR against Shaikh for taking Rs3.85 lakh from him claiming that he would get his kid a seat in the college. After that, 11 more parents came forward and were made witnesses in the case. Assistant inspector Rahul Deshmukh said, “Shaikh used a SIM card he got from a stolen phone to talk to the parents. After taking money, he switched his phone off. This made it difficult to trace him.” The police are now trying to find out how he got the contact details of parents who came to the college for admissions.