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Conman dupes Mumbai businessman of ₹6 lakh, gets arrested for 8th time

Mumbai city news: Amit Sanjay Warik duped Yusuf Solanki of on the pretext of selling him a secondhand car, which was at a Vasai godown

mumbai Updated: Jun 30, 2017 12:28 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
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The victim was traced to Tulinj, where he was arrested by the local police for committing a similar crime. (Representational photo/ Getty Images)

A 35-year-old man, arrested seven times in the past for cheating, theft and extortion, was recently arrested for the eighth time by the Santacruz police for cheating a businessman. Amit Sanjay Warik duped Yusuf Solanki of Rs6 lakh on the pretext of selling him a secondhand car.

According to Santacruz police, Warik is a college dropout and owns Grand Sai Motors. He met Solanki through a common friend. During one of their meets, Warik told Solanki that he could get him a second hand Innova car for cheap. Solanki runs a business of giving cars on rent.

To gain Solanki’s trust, Warik gave him a forged document from AU Financiers Limited claiming that he had purchased a car from the firm. Warik told the victim that car was at a Vasai godown because he was yet to make full payment.

In December 2016, Warik took Rs6 lakh from Solanki for the car but missed several deadlines to hand over the vehicle. The fraud came to light after Warik approached the firm. The officials told him that the letter Warik gave him was fake and that he had never purchased any car from them.

Solanki then approached the Santacruz police and filed a case against Warik in March. Based on their investigation, the police booked Warik under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

An officer from Santacruz police station said, “We found him in custody of Tulinj police (Thane) for committing a similar fraud. In this case, he hired two cars and sold them in Gujarat.”

Warik was taken into custody and produced in court. He was remanded in police custody till Thursday.

Solanki’s advocate Imran Farooqui told the magistrate, “The accused has seven more cases of similar nature against him starting from 2012 at Wadala Estate police station (two cases), MIDC police station, Naupada police station, Goregaon police station and Aarey police station.” The magistrate court remanded Warik to police custody till Thursday.

First Published: Jun 28, 2017 23:58 IST