Aurangabad: Thirteen people, including a lawyer, were duped of Rs 74.5 lakh by a suspect who allegedly promised them loans for a goat-breeding business and also jobs in a city bank.
The suspect claimed he was a loan sanctioning authority with a public sector bank and took money from his victims, in addition to promising them a 25% subsidy on loans for companies in goat, police said.
On top of that, he took lakhs of rupees from some people under the pretext of finding them jobs at the bank, police said.
Based on a complaint filed by lawyer Devkant Meshram, one of the victims, Cantonment police registered a cheating case against the suspect.
The lawyer said he initially delayed filing the complaint because the suspect allegedly threatened his victims with framing bogus cases.
Police said the process of recording statements and collecting evidence against the suspect has been initiated.
One of the victims said the area police station initially refused to receive the complaint, citing the lack of concrete evidence against the suspect, after which they contacted Police Commissioner Nikhil Gupta. Soon, a preliminary investigation was conducted before registering an offense against the suspect.