Police book man for posing as Army officer, duping 50 youths with job bait | Pune News

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Pune: A 21-year-old woman has accused her husband of posing as an Army officer and duping her brother and 49 other youths by promising them Army jobs.
The woman has lodged an FIR with the Bibvewadi police, in which she claims the man issued bogus joining letters from the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla; and Ammunition Factory, Khadki.
Police said they had yet to record statements of the other youths and pegged the total value of the scam to be around Rs60 lakh. As per the FIR, the woman stated she found the man’s lost Aadhaar card in May 2020 and returned it to him. The man became close to the woman, the FIR stated.
“Eventually, the man claimed he was a major in the Army and showed her a photograph and identity card,” assistant inspector Rajesh Usgaonkar said on Monday.
The couple got married on June 20, 2020. A week later, the man said he would help her brother get an Army job and took Rs2 lakh, police said.
“The suspect also collected between Rs60,000 and Rs1.5 lakh each from his wife’s relatives and acquaintances in Khed and Ahmednagar and issued ‘appointment’ letters. He then said he was to be conferred a medal for gallantry and had to move to New Delhi for two months to practise for a parade,” Usgaonkar said.
That was the last she saw of him. after a few evasive responses, the man stopped answering her calls. The woman eventually learned that he was not an Army officer; the youths realised the letters were fake when they reported for duty.
“He said his parents were no more and he had no relatives. I got my daughter married to him as I thought he was from a good family,” her father said.

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