MUMBAI: The DB Marg police recently arrested a 51-year-old businessman for cheating a jeweller of Rs 4.82 crore by promising to buy gold for him and designing it on an Italian pattern.
The victim, who has an office in the Pancharatna building at the Opera House in south Mumbai, stated before the police that the accused Bhupendra Makhejiya, a resident of Vile Parle, had told him that he had started a gold designing unit in Mumbai and bought the machine. Makhejiya deals in the diamond and gold business.
“The accused had reportedly told the victim that he could buy and design gold on Italian pattern for the victim and that the complainant will save import duty. Makhejiya allegedly further lured the victim saying that he will also not charge any jewellery designing fees,” said a police officer. A police team comprising senior inspector Pradip Khude, PI Raja Bidkar, and API Anil Rajput is probing the case.
After the victim and accused spoke about the business deal, the victim transferred money through RTGS to the accused. The accused was to buy gold from the market and design it for the victim. However, after several reminders and calls, he neither gave the jewellery nor the victim’s money back. This is when the complainant approached the police. During the probe, police found that the accused had not purchased any machine or started any manufacturing/designing unit.
An FIR for criminal breach of trust and cheating was registered against Makhejiya and a wanted accused. The police are now inquiring what the accused did with the money he got from the victim. His financial records are being examined and prima facie police found that the accused has used the money for his own business. Makhedjiya is also facing a cheating case registered at the LT Marg police station.

Source link Times of India


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