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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Man dupes people posing as Anna's kin

A 50-year-old man, who cheated people claiming to be Gandian Anna Hazare's nephew, was arrested by the Antop Hill police on Friday. The accused, Navin Kumar Hazari, and his accomplice Madhavi Pritre, 44, was arrested after a victim, Leviniza D'souza, lodged a complaint against Hazari, said the police. According to her complaint, Hazari approached her claiming to be the director of a Wadala-based financial consultancy firm and cheated her of Rs33 lakh. He allegedly took 13 blank cheques under the pretext of filing income tax returns for her company and encashed them without her permission. Pritre allegedly forged signatures for Hazari.

The police said that using his surname, which is similar to that of the Gandhian, he would dupe people and win their trust. Apart from duping firms, Hazari allegedly cheated college students promising them admission into desired courses.

"We are investigating how many people have the duo cheated," said Shamsher Pathan, senior inspector of Antop Hill police station.


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