Officers from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) have arrested a senior manager of a national Hindi newspaper group for allegedly cheating a Sion jeweller of nearly Rs 5 crore.
The accused had told the jeweller that her husband was a senior officer at the regional passport office and would help him export his gold at a good profit. The woman then took gold from him, but didn't pay him the entire amount immediately, and gave him cheques of those bank accounts that were defunct for many years.
The woman has been identified as Sunita Tulsiram Sharma, 48. She was booked on the complaint of Sion-based jeweller Ramswarup Soni of SK Ornaments. According to the police, Sharma met Soni in 2011, and claimed that she would bring him extremely well-off customers. Trusting Sharma, Soni had instructed his employees to give Sharma gold at low rates. "She would pay for the gold through post dated cheques. In the first three months she paid in full. However, later, she started defaulting on payment and also started avoiding Soni. She defaulted in paying R4.8crore, which was revealed in an audit," said an EOW officer privy to the investigation.
When Soni kept insisting that she clear her dues, in September 2013, she gave him a few cheques of defunct banks. After chasing Sharma for his money for two years, Soni in July 2015, registered a complaint with the Sion police. The case was transferred to EOW, who finally arrested her.
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