Kerala police have arrested the daughter of a former theatre owner and her Nigerian boyfriend from Mumbai for allegedly duping an entrepreneur of Rs 1.5 crore with a bogus scheme to export medicated oil with purported aphrodisiac properties.
Police said Jotsana Sudip Ahluwalia (30),a resident of Pali Hill and daughter of the former owner of old Rupam theatre in Sion and her boyfriend Frank Akonaya Vachukul (32) sent an email to more than 50 people in February. The email detailed a scheme for bulk export of the oil and promised handsome returns on investment.
Entrepreneur Anil Kumar from Thiruvananthapuram responded to the email and the duo soon met him,police said. They showed him a sample of the oil and finalised a deal,in which he was promised a return of Rs 15 lakh per gallon of the oil exported. Kumar paid them Rs 1.5 crore as the first instalment and was asked to pay Rs 20 lakh more,said an officer from Mumbai police Crime Branch unit six.
Kumar had mortgaged his house and car to pay the instalment. He was told that the recipe for the oil was secret and once a batch was made,the consignment would be delivered to him for export to markets abroad where it was in huge demand, said the Crime Branch officer.
Kumar was asked to deposit the money in five of the 13 bogus accounts the couple had opened in various banks in Mumbai,said the officer.
However,once the money was deposited,he did not hear from either of the accused. In June,Kumar approached the Economic Offences Wing of Kerala police.
A team of four officers and Kumar arrived in Mumbai on June 19. The two had not switched off their mobile phones,which helped us in finding their location. We traced Jotsana to Bandra and arrested her. Frank was subsequently arrested, the officer said.
Jotsana had met Frank at a church in Bandra and was going to marry him in a few months,police said. The two were taken to Kerala Sunday.
Himanshu Roy,Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime),said,Kerala police had come to us for help,which we provided. He said the city polices cyber crime cell had been dealing with such cases on priority.