A woman allegedly duped a jeweller in Lucknow by posing as a fake Income Tax (IT) officer appointed in Meerut district and took away jewellery worth 12 lakh rupees from his shop in Bhoothnath market.
The incident happened on Monday, when Manju Chauhan, the accused, posing as a fake IT officer visited the shop named Shrinath Jewellers in the market in Indiranagar.
She was accompanied by a man, who posed as her Personal Assistant (PA), and bought jewellery worth 12 lakh rupees.
The woman handed two cheques totalling eleven lakh sixty thousand rupees to the owner of the shop, whose name is Nitin Rastogi.
Later, when the cheques were submitted for clearance in the bank, Rastogi was told by the bank officials that the account from which it was issued contained only 49 rupees and the signature inscribed on it is fake.
He reported the incident immediately to the Ghazipur police and an FIR of fraud and cheating was registered against the fake female IT officer and her PA. Ghazipur police sent a team to Meerut and raided the woman’s house and recovered the jewellery and also arrested the man who accompanied her to the shop in Lucknow.
However, the woman was not found at her house and is still at large and the police is trying to trace her down, officials said. According to the FIR lodged at the Ghazipur police station, the fake IT officer Chauhan and her PA Dayashankar, who is a native of Pratapgarh, visited Rastogi’s shop on Monday and bought gold and silver jewellery worth 12 lakh rupees.
The woman handed two cheques one of Rs 5 lakhs and the other of Rs 5,60,000 of the account in the State Bank of India to the shopowner. When the police dug deeper in the case after recovering the duped jewellery from Chauhan’s house in Meerut, they were told by the local police that the accused had earlier also been booked for forgery and cheating. Officials said that Dayashankar was arrested near Lucknow’s polytechnic intersection, while Manju is still absconding.