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Fake journo held for forgery, hunt on for friend
A 37-year-old man who cheated a private finance firm to the tune of Rs 10 lakh has been arrested by a special team of Mylapore police.
The accused has been identified as Manikandan of Mathur near Manali and forged journalist identity cards and Aadhaar cards in different names were seized from him.
The police said that he received Rs 10 lakh as loan from a private finance firm on Radhakrishnan Salai by producing Registration Certificate (RC) books of two trucks and even showed the staff the trucks parked in a yard. Believing him, the company gave him Rs 10 lakh, but he never repaid the loan.
The firm decided to seize the vehicles as collateral, but they were shocked to find out that the vehicles had been registered in somebody else’s name. They checked the documents submitted by Manikandan with RTO officials and realised that they were fake.
While the firm lodged a complaint at the Mylapore police station in June, a special team recently formed by the Deputy Commissioner nabbed him from his hideout.
Investigation revealed that Manikandan along with his friend Selvam created fake RC books for the trucks to obtain the loan. A search in his house led to the seizure of fake PAN and Aadhaar cards in different names and dates of birth. He was remanded in judicial custody on Monday and further investigation is on whether he cheated anybody else with the fake identity cards.