New Delhi: A 50-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of providing them jobs in the public sector or in foreign countries by posing as a CBI officer or a government official, or a hospital employee.
Jojo Mathew especially used to target women from Kerala searching for jobs or who came to Delhi Nursing Council for registration of their nursing degrees, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa, said.
Shinimol P George and her husband Jobin were on of their victims, he said.
The couple had gone to Delhi Nursing Council situated at Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) for registration of her nursing degree on July 23, 2015 where they met Mathew.
Police said Mathew introduced himself as an employee of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and claimed he was in touch with Delhi government officials.
He also told the couple that since his wife, Jeomol, works in the Radiology Department of the Hospital, he could easily get Shinimol a job and invited them to his residence on the MAMC campus.
Mathew’s wife appeared before them in a nurse uniform so as to assure them they were at the right place.
Mathew said, he could arrange the job of a staff nurse for Shinimol on an adhoc basis in the LNJP hospital if they could furnish Rs 1.5 lakh as “security deposit”.
Shinimol’s husband arranged the money by borrowing and by mortgaging her ornaments and gave the amount to Mathew.
After taking the money, Mathew and his wife kept telling them the matter is pending due to some administrative reasons and will be sorted out shortly, police said.
It was only recently that Shinimol learnt that Mathew and his wife had cheated on many people using the same modus operandi and approached the police with a complaint.
Several cases of cheating were found registered against Mathew at different police stations of Delhi. He had been evading arrest in another cheating case registered at the IP Estate police station, said the officer.
A police team visited Mathews’ house where his daughters told them their parents had gone to Kerala since their maternal grandmother had passed away, he said.
However, the police learnt the couple was in Delhi and had lied to their daughters about going to Kerala. They were hiding somewhere in the New Friends Colony, police said.
Mathew’s wife applied for anticipatory bail in sessions court which was rejected. She moved the Delhi High Court which granted her bail.
Mathew came to his house to meet his children on May 31 when he was nabbed. However, since he was unwell, the police admitted him to LNJP Hospital. He was arrested on June 1 after he was discharged, police said.