Mary (name changed), an engineer in a private company, met Joy Richard, a resident of Bangalore, through a matrimonial website in June 2013.
A little over a year later, Mary told a city court that she had given him a total of around Rs. 11 lakh after he had expressed interest in marrying her.
In the complaint, she said Richard repeatedly asked her for money for some emergency or the other and promised to return the same before the marriage. After she obliged him on several occasions, the victim came to know that he had cheated many girls and had multiple relationships. Finally, when she confronted him in June, the accused not only refused to marry her, but also denied having had any financial transactions with the complainant. Based on her complaint in the court of IV Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Bangalore, the Airport police station, detained the accused for questioning.
Two siblings charged with stealing cash and jewellery from families after inviting them to upmarket resorts for fixing marriage alliances and offering drinks laced with sedatives were caught by the Hyderabad police.
One of the accused would speak with the family members of the prospective bridegrooms over phone and invite them to cities like Bangalore and Mumbai. They would impress the families by arranging conveyance when the latter would arrive at the railway or bus stations and provide accommodation in upmarket resorts or service apartments. Without divulging any details about them, the duo would impress the 'bridegroom party', offering them multi-cuisine food, etc. Not arousing suspicion of anyone, the gang would offer soft drinks mixed with sleeping pills.
"When the family members would fall unconscious, they would collect their jewellery, cash and valuables and disappear," the Central Crime Station DCP, J. Satyanarayana, said.
Getting runaway NRI grooms back to Punjab for any settlement with victim brides continues to be the biggest unfinished agenda for the Punjab State Commission for NRIs more than two years after it started functioning in November 2011.
Justice Arvind Kumar, commission chairman, told The Tribune that since the bridegrooms who ran away after their marriage had been declared proclaimed offenders, they feared arrest on their return. More than 98 per cent of the cases that had come to light pertained to grooms having gone abroad post-marriage and becoming incommunicado, he said.
NEW DELHI: A 22-year-old woman instantly fell for the matrimonial profile of a man who claimed to be the managing director of a leading international airline and alumnus of a high-profile central Delhi school and Oxford University. The two came close and their marriage was about to be fixed when he called her about an accident in his family and requested Rs 50,000 urgently.
The woman, a resident of west Delhi, could deposit only half the amount, and after this the man began to distance himself. His suspicious behavior and demands for money led to a scrutiny by her family which revealed that the photo he had posted on the matrimonial website was of a former Grasim Mr India who featured in several TV commercials and music videos in the late 90s.
KOTTAYAM: Police arrested two persons in connection with a marriage fraud on Thursday. The arrest was made based on a complaint by a woman hailing from Karukachal. A woman named Minimol (48) from Puthuppally and her friend Satheesan (43), hailing from Mavelikkara were arrested from Ettumanoor. Both possess British citizenship, according to the police. The woman filed a complaint stating that a person named Shine, son of Minimol, had married her on August 12, 2012 and later cheated her of 108 sovereigns of gold and Rs 19 lakh. The woman had contacted the arrested duo through a matrimonial advertisement. The duo acted as Shine's parents during the marriage. The complaint also says that Shine took her to several places during their honeymoon and took nude photographs.
The Ernakulam central police on Tuesday arrested an Armyman on charges of marriage fraud. The police said on seeing the matrimonial advertisement of the complainant, Rajeev contacted her sister over the telephone giving a false name 'Sreekumar' and said he was residing at the Army Quarters in Bangalore.
Both parties exchanged photographs and the woman came from Riyadh on June 20, 2012. The engagement was held at her residence on August 10, following which she left for Riyad. The marriage was fixed on May 26 at Chottanikkara temple. In the meantime, Rajeev asked `75,000 for marriage expenses, which the woman transferred to his account.
After the marriage, the woman left for her house and Rajeev went to the hotel room. Both were supposed to attend the reception party at 4.30 pm in Ernakulam. Although the woman and her relatives reached the auditorium on time, Rajeev and his relatives were not to be seen. They found him drinking with his friends at the hotel and he reached for reception at 5.20 pm.
Hansa & Ajay Mehtani were introduced to a New York couple Jugal & Rekha Lakhwani and their son Aman by their New Jersey based relatives in Mumbai. Mrs. & Mr. Lakhwani spoke very highly of their son Aman that he is a college graduate, very intelligent, well cultured with no bad habits. They claimed that Aman makes $100,000.00 / year from 3 Dunkin Donuts Stores in New York and share in the family business of Auto Repair in New York. They own a big luxury House in Long Island and have multiple luxury cars.
Mehtanis agreed to marry their daughter Neha with Lakhwani's son Aman with a formal engagement party in Mumbai. After that Aman & Neha got married at a New York Court. But soon she discovered that all that was said of the bridegroom was false. No good job, no fat bank balance and above all a deceitful character. Neha called the police soon and the fraud charges were filed.
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