Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 13 :
Commissionerate Police today arrested a national of the Republic of Ghana, for duping an Odisha-based businessman Laxmi Budek of Rs 40 lakh by promising him good returns on his investment.
The accused was forwarded to a local court today, Infocity police said.
According to Inspector-in-charge of Infocity police station Bijayini Singh, a city-based businessman Budek of Kanan Vihar area, under the Infocity police limits in the city, had received a mail from Essin about a business deal in December last year. The sender of the mail had offered an opportunity to Budek to work for them in India. The mail had also promised the businessman all help to set up and run a company in Ghana.
The victim , hooked by the lucrative offer, deposited Rs 1.5 lakh in two instalments in the first phase. After a few days of striking the deal, Essin had visited Bhubaneswar to collect Rs 25 lakh from the businessman. Budek had given Rs 15 lakh more to Essin over the next three months, in instalments, to finalise the elusive international business deal.
Budek grew suspicious when the ‘deal’ did not take shape within the promised timeline, and realised he had been taken for a ride by the foreign national.
He lodged a complaint with the Infocity police station and gave all details about the Ghanaian, Essin.
The police then worked out a plan to trap Essin and had him invited by Budek to the city for the final deal today.
The Ghanaian was apprehended as soon as he landed the city, IIC Ms Singh said.