POLICE REGISTERED an offence against a person who posed as a sales tax officer and duped a shop owner of Rs 15,000 in Pimple Gurav on Thursday afternoon. The shop owner, Sakharam Sonaram Ganchi (38), has lodged a complaint in this case at the Sangvi police station.
Accordingly, the police have booked a person who identified himself as Kulkarni under sections 420 and 406 of the Indian Penal Code. Police sub-inspector Balbhum Nanaware is probing this case.
Police said Ganchi is the owner of Radhika furniture, a shop located at Srushti chowk in Pimple Gurav. Police said the fraudster of about 50 years of age arrived at the shop in a car around 1 pm, and was well dressed in formals like a government official. He entered the furniture store and told Ganchi that his name is Kulkarni and that he was a sales tax officer.
He then asked Ganchi to show him the bill books and documents. Police said that after having a look at the bill books and other papers, the fraudster told Ganchi that the documents were incomplete and so he would impose a fine.
However, later the fraudster took away the cash in the counter and also demanded Rs 1,000 from Ganchi as a Diwali gift.
Police said the fraudster decamped with Rs 15,000. Later, the shop-owner found out that he had been duped and registered a police complaint.