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Cops arrest woman for alleged financial fraud

Cops arrest woman for alleged financial fraud
The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police has arrested a woman member of a gang of international cheats who used to deceive innocent businessmen by promising huge investments in their business.

Theresa Jovita D’Souza whose assumed name was Rhea Jannet Mallon, 39, was arrested in Delhi through a trap laid by EOW personnel.

‘The victim, P Rahmatullah, was contacted through emails by Johnson Mallon, who claiming to be a British citizen, showing interest in becoming his business partner in India. The accused along with Johnson Mallon met the victim’s son in Ashoka hotel in Delhi and introduced herself as Rhea Jannet Mallon,’ said a police officer.

To convince the victims, they provided photocopies of their passports. They promised huge investments in their granite business. Johnson Mallon also visited the grantie factory of the complainant in Adoni in Andhra Pradesh.

During these meetings, the accused conveyed to the victim that an amount of theirs to the tune of USD 8,00,000 (over Rs 4 crore) was stuck up in IMF, Delhi, and they intended to invest part of the same money in the complainant’s business.

The accused sought Rs 10 lakh from the victim for the purpose of getting the clearance from IMF.  In anticipation of getting good business proposals and heavy returns, the victim transferred Rs 9 lakh on two different occasions in two bank accounts as instructed by the accused.

‘During this period, the victim also received a couple of emails from IMF and RBI regarding the clearance  that is pending because of the said amount. He also received phone calls from RBI in Delhi asking him to transfer another Rs 1.20 lakh for further clearance,’ said a police official.

At this, the complainant got suspicious and verified the authenticity of the emails from RBI, New Delhi and found that the said e-mails from RBI and IMF, received by him were bogus. During this entire process, the accused kept pressurising him for transferring further Rs 1.20 lakh ostensibly to get clearances from RBI.
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