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Two African nationals, woman arrested for duping people

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Three persons, including two African nationals, have been arrested from south for allegedly duping people on the pretext of giving them jobs in the US.

Last week, a complaint filed by a resident at Vasant Vihar police station said the trio charged Rs 1.20 lakh on the pretext of a job in the US, said Ishwar Singh, DCP(south).

Complainant Siddhant told police that he was in touch with some agencies in connection with a job and got a mail confirming him a job in the US. Later, he got a call by a person named Peter Coal on whose instruction he gave Rs 20,000 as visa fee to his alleged secretary Ruchi Batra at C Block market in Vasant Vihar, on October 11.

In another call, Peter demanded Rs 2,08,500, as TOFEL certificate charge, the complainant gave Rs one lakh to Ruchi on October 15 and promised to pay remaining amount later.

However, he got suspicious when he learnt that TOFEL certificate was obtained after clearing a test, and approached police. A police team laid a trap and apprehended Ruchi who came to collect remaining amount from the complainant on October 17, said the officer.

During interrogation, Ruchi claimed her real name as Alisha Ali. She told police that she worked with two African nationals who used to interact with job seekers and promise them jobs in foreign countries.

Police asked Alisha to keep on receiving calls from the duo and tell them that she had collected Rs one lakh from Siddhant.

Meanwhile, a police team was dispatched to nab them. In raid at a restaurant near Safdarjang hospital, the duo Boby Brown Francis and Abdel K Cooper, kingpin behind the racket were arrested, he said.

Cooper is native of Ghana while Francis is from Benin. Rs 20,000 cash and passport of the complainant was recovered from them, added the officer.

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First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 19:22 IST