Trying to Secure A Medical Admission For Brother-In-Law, Mumbai Doctor duped of Rs 4 lakh
Mumbai: Every year, as the date for medical entrance tests draws closer, tensions soar among the medical aspirants as well as their guardians. A doctor from Mumbai recently got duped of a lump sum of money, in a frantic attempt to secure a medical admission for his brother-in-law.
A 43-year-old doctor attached to JJ Hospital lodged a police complaint at the JJ Marg police station, against a fraudster who allegedly duped him of Rs. 4,00,000. The con lured the doctor with the promise of securing a medical admission for his brother-in-law.
The accused claimed that he was the zonal manager of a newspaper's circulation department and knew local politicians well. The doctor trusted him and asked him whether he could help his brother-in-law secure admission to a medical college.
The police officer informed the Indian Express that last year after the pandemic started, the doctor was working at GT hospital treating Covid-19 patients when he was introduced to the conman who was a volunteer at an NGO working. The accused told him that he knew people at Dr Ulhas Patil Medical College in Jalgaon and could help his brother-in-law get admission there. He then went to demand Rs 4 lakh as advance for the admission, the officer added.
The aspirant's family had agreed to pay the amount and subsequently transferred Rs 4 lakh to the asked bank account.
Since his brother-in-law did not get admission even after it was closed in July 2020, the doctor then asked the accused to return the money, however, he refused to return it initially and then on August 12, gave the doctor a cheque of Rs 4 lakhs.
"I deposited the cheque in the bank to withdraw the amount but on March 13, I received a letter from the bank saying that the cheque had bounced. And when I contacted him again he claimed that his savings account was closed for a few days as it was being verified," said the doctor in his statement.
Later on, the fraudster allegedly threatened the doctor.
A case has been registered at the JJ Marg Police Station and investigation is ongoing. The culprit is yet to be caught.