A Chennai-based couple has been accused of cheating several people of around `10 lakh by promising them housing plots in Vellore and Tiruvallur districts, police said.
Kishore Babu (48) and his wife Nagajothi (41) of Pattabiram in Chennai were arrested for cheating as many as six persons to the tune of `9.36 lakh. The police also launched a search for Nagajothi’s father Purusothaman, a resident of Thirunindravur in Tiruvallur district.
Babu, his wife and father-in-law were running a firm called Papa Associates Siru Semippu Vittumanai Thittam. They had promised several people that they would be given one-and-a-half ground of house patta in Arakkonam area under the small savings scheme. The people enrolled in the scheme should pay `3,000 for 40 months and they would get the plot after the maturity period, said Inspector of the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) A Sethupathy.
However, they did not keep up their promise and disappeared after collecting the monthly instalments for 40 months.
Amutha Priya (39) of Swalpet in Arakkonam and 19 others lodged a complaint against the trio towards the end of December last. After investigating, the police registered the case in January this year and launched a search for them.
Acting on a tip-off, the police team led by Inspector Sethupathy arrested the couple from their hideout in Chennai. They were remanded to the prison.