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Saturday, July 23, 2011

'Canadian diplomat' dupes Bangladeshi of Rs 72,000

CHANDIGARH (India): The forgery case against Jocelyn Miller, who duped a Bangladeshi national Faisal Waqar of Rs 72,000, while introducing himself as a Canadian diplomat, is proving tough for the investigating agency to crack.

A case was registered after a fact-finding report was filed by DSP (CID) Anil Joshi. Now investigation has been transferred to the crime branch. Waqar came in contact with the accused Miller, a UK national, in November, 2010 and Miller promised him to provide a Canadian visa for work permit at a cost of Rs 1.50 lakh for his cousin.Crime branch in-charge inspector Amanjot Singh said preliminary investigation revealed that Miller, against whom a criminal case has been registered, was a fictitious person. Waqar who was in India has now returned to his native country.

The FIR against Miller was lodged on the complaint of Pierre Bosse Consul, consulate general of Canada, Sector 17.

Police sources said Waqar had lodged a complaint directly with Bosse and the latter referred it to the Chandigarh police. Police sources said Miller had sent Waqar a copy of a forged work permit visa through email for which Waqar agreed to pay half the amount, that is Rs 72,000, while the passport of his cousin was handed over to Rajiv, an accomplice of Miller in Sector 17 here.

Online communication, a hurdle

The communications between Waqar and Miller happened online and that is proving to be a big hurdle for the investigating agency. Preliminary investigations revealed that Waqar handed over the passport of his cousin to Rajiv in Sector 17 and deposited a cash amount of Rs 72,000 in a bank account in Axis Bank which has also turned out to be fake.

Police sources said a cell phone number, which was used by Rajiv to communicate with Waqar, could come in handy in investigations.

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