Not two, not even three, an Indian merchant navy official Sanjay Kumar Bishnoi used 10 fake identities to promise people jobs and duped 50 people, said a Hindustan Times report.
Sometimes, he was Sanjay Kumar Govardhan, sometimes Sanjay Sharma and other times Captain Mishra.
Using 10 such fake identities, a 30-year-old merchant navy cadet duped 50 people by promising them jobs.
Earlier in 2017, the Mumbai police received a complaint from the Rajasthan police regarding missing 30-year-old Bishnoi. Reportedly, his name cropped up in a complaint at the police station in connection with a cheating case.
According to sub-inspector Sachin Sanap, a receptionist from a private hospital told them that Bishnoi had duped her of INR200,000 on the pretext of giving her husband a job in the merchant navy.
“The woman told us that Bishnoi was a sweet talker. He befriended her at the hospital where he was undergoing treatment, and duped her two months ago,” said the Indian police official.
On a tip-off, Indian police traced Bishnoi at Shell Colony in Chembur, a suburb 27 km from Mumbai. When the police team reached the spot, the door was locked from the outside, but they could hear a woman inside, said the report.
“We waited and laid a trap. When Bishnoi came home two hours later, we arrested him. He had been living with his girlfriend, who was unaware that he was running a job racket,” said the Indian police official.
Bishnoi told the police that he was working with the navy from 2012 to 2015. He left Rajasthan without officially resigning and began targeting people in Mumbai. Bishnoi confessed to having duped people of INR 2million. He was later arrested for cheating and impersonation.
This story originally appeared on Hindustan Times.