A 34-year-old man who posed as the Director General of Doordarshan and cheated several youths by promising them jobs if they gave him Rs 10 lakh was arrested by Hyderabad Police Thursday.
Hailing from Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, B Vinod Kumar was living at L B Nagar in Hyderabad and was unemployed.
He created a email ID ‘email@example.com’ and contacted the victims posing as the director general of Doordarshan. He convinced them that a recruitment notification was published in newspapers for the post of accountant and other clerical jobs in Doordarshan. He promised to get them the jobs if they gave him a bribe of Rs 10 lakh each. To trap the victims, some of who were initially suspicious, Vinod morphed and photoshopped some photos showing him with VVIPs.
At least four persons paid various amounts to Vinod Kumar by depositing it in his bank accounts. Police identified the victims as Kondal Reddy who paid Rs 8 lakh, Venkateshwar Reddy who paid Rs 3 lakh, B Nirosha who paid Rs 3 lakh, and Shashi Rekha paid Rs 60,000 as first instalment.
After receiving the money, he prepared fake appointment letters, identity cards, canteen cards and fake air tickets to New Delhi, and sent them to the victims, telling them to go to the office in Delhi to join as trainees. However, after scrutinising the documents he sent them, the victims got suspicious and finally checked with Doordarshan, which confirmed that the documents were fake.
When they confronted Vinod and sought their money back, he threatened them with dire consequences. On a tip-off, the Cyberabad Police nabbed Vinod Kumar from his home. Police found that he had cheated many people in the past and was wanted in several cases. He was arrested the first time in 2010 by Saidabad Police in Hyderabad, by Giddaluru Police of Prakasam district in 2012, and by Uppal Police of Hyderabad in June 2014 on similar charges.