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Mumbai: Hundreds of jobseekers duped of crores of rupees by placement agency

by December 22, 2016 General
MUMBAI: A 60-year-old Goregaon resident is one among the 90 job aspirants who has been duped by a job placement agency after promising a job at different levels in a Singapore-based construction company and duped them of over Rs one crore in less than a month-and-a-half.

The fraud came to light when the victim reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Wednesday morning to take a flight to fly to Singapore. The fraudster promised the victims salary package in between 1,400 and 2,000 Singapore dollars (approximately Rs 60,000 and Rs 95,000) and collected service charges from the victim from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.2 lakhs.

Investigators suspect the number of victims will go up with job aspirants from Delhi, Kolkata and some northern part of India has paid money for the jobs in the same construction company in Singapore for post as workers to site supervisor.

“The total fraud amount may be in crores of rupees with over 300 aspirants suspected to have got duped. The fraudster even did not return back the passports of many of the victims. The visa stamped on the passport was not a job visa and was a 10-day tourist visa which the victims realised only after they went to the airport,” said the investigators.

The victims learnt about the fraud executive when they reached the airport counter and was told that their ticket were kept on hold due to non-payment. When they rushed back to the placement agency they found out Singh has gone missing after closing the Goregaon (West) office. The complaint was registered by Goregaon resident Subhod Sheth after he lost Rs 80,000 that he paid for the job of site supervisor.

“I paid Rs 72,000 through cheque and the balance 8,700 through cash before they handed over my passport. I was getting retired in the next two months so thought to earn more money working overseas which made me to approach the agency as it offered a payment of over Rs 95,000 for the site supervisor job,” Sheth told TOI.

Police registered Sheth’s case while the rest 90 victims has been made as a witnessed and their statement has been recorded. At least 90 people from across the city has queued outside the Goregaon police station on Wednesday asking for immediate arrest of a man who dupe them with false job promises in a Singapore-based construction company. In less than a month-and-a-half the kingpin identified as Sanjay Singh has siphoned off over Rs1 crore from job aspirants in the city.

Police has registered a case of criminal breach of trust and cheating against Singh and his accomplices. At the time of going to press police were probing and did not made any arrest.

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