A serial conman, who allegedly contacted women through matrimonial websites, proposed marriage and fled with their jewellery, has been arrested by the Shivaji Park police. The police said the jewellery recovered from him indicated that he had conned at least four women.
According to the Shivaji Park police, the accused has been identified as Prashant Manjire (50). “Earlier this year, he contacted a 25-year-old girl, who had put up her profile on a matrimonial website, posing as an unmarried man named Manoj Wani. The victim subsequently met him in Dadar on March 7 and he convinced her to marry him,” said investigating officers.
The officers added that during their first meeting, Manjire convinced the victim to give him her gold chain, by telling her that he would melt it and get a better one made for the wedding. “The victim gave him her chain, following which Manjire left, saying he would be back soon.
When he did not answer the victim’s calls the next day, the victim approached the police and a case of cheating was registered against him. We made inquiries and found that another girl had been cheated by Manjire in a similar manner, and a complaint had been registered against him with the Mulund police. Bsed on a tip-off we received on Sunday, we arrested him from a lodge lodge in Dadar,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) Dhananjay Kulkarni.
The police subsequently recovered three gold chains from a jeweller, whom Manjire had sold them to. He has been remanded to police custody till Wednesday.
“Investigations gave confirmed that four cases have been registered against him – two in Shivaji Park and one each in Mulund and Vikhroli. More cases are likely to come to light soon,” Kulkarni said.