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By Devesh K. Pandey
THOUGH CASES of white collar crime, which leave several people and companies bankrupt, keep coming to the fore, some cases reported from Delhi this past week have brought forth a quite disturbing trend of the fair sex increasingly transgressing into what has hitherto been a male bastion.
The temptation among somee of these women for a luxurious and financially independent life and the extent to they can go to achieve these is very much reflected in this case. A self-proclaimed wife of a handicapped Indian Police Service Officer who, though starting from small cheating cases back at Pune, chose Delhi as her area of operation to cheat people.
With the deceptive look of a well-educated person, Suzan D' Souza could beguile even seasoned industrialists who would easily fulfil her financial needs against assurance of huge loans on relatively lower interest rates. One of the victims, Gautam Raghuvanshi, who approached her for Rs. 8 crores loan, was cheated of Rs. 77 lakhs.
Investigations revealed that the con-woman, who also roped in her daughter, settled in the United States, stayed at Ambassador Hotel for two years without footing the bill and was arrested in 1996. Coming out she managed to occupy a house at Sainik Farms on rent, which was never paid.
During interrogation, Suzan said she was used to a lavish life style when her husband was in the police. However, after he lost his job, her inability to maintain the same and her strength to mesmerise people with her glib talk led her to get initiated into the world of cheating.
Or, take the case of a 25-year-old engineer, Seema Bajaj, who in order to outsmart her MBA husband and lead a lavish lifestyle, single-handedly swindled several people in the past few months.
Daughter of a retired railway employee, Seema got married to a person working as a manager in a company, claiming that she worked for a multi-national bank. To convince him, she maintained the daily routine of a bank professional.
Her real profession - of cheating shops of laptops and computers worth lakhs - came to light only after her arrest by the Najafgarh police. During interrogation, the police were shocked to find that impersonating as a government representative, Seema had the skills to convince and fool anyone.
Seema told the police that she needed money to show it as her earning from the bank job, to convince her husband. The fact that the husband had a decent earning and she was jobless, also led her to take the course which she thought was the easiest to make a quick buck.
Posing as an official from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Seema used to offer free computers to schools on behalf of the Government. On the other hand, she would place an order for laptop computers to a shop on behalf of the school. A confident Seema would easily convince the shop owner for delivery of computers at the school from where she would vanish with them.
In a similar case, Seema went to a showroom at Hauz Khas dealing in furnishing material and introducing herself as Yashika from the Ministry of Culture, placed orders for material worth Rs. 1.20 lakhs. Also, she used the letterhead of the same showroom to place order for computers, with which she fled the scene.
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