A man was arrested for allegedly duping many job seekers in Odisha's Jajpur district to the tune of Rs 40 lakh by promising them employment in the Gulf, police said on Saturday.
The arrested conman has been identified as Anil Kumar Jena (45) of Nosta-Kadampal village.
The matter came into light when Basanta Kumar Giri of Nathapur in the district, who had given the cash to Jena for getting a job abroad, realised that he had been cheated and lodged a police complaint.
According to police, Jena came to the house of Giri in April this year and promised him a job in Gulf countries in exchange of money. Jena promised Giri that he would provide him all documents like visa, air ticket, job contract and insurance required for the job within two months.
He demanded Rs 40,000 for these documents and Giri paid the whole amount in cash. After that Jena did not give any document to Giri as promised and was always buying time, said a police official.
When insisted, he went to Giri's house on July 2 and gave all required documents for job abroad. The documents included a flight ticket to United Arab Emirates where a job was promised by him. Then Giri went to Kolkata to catch the flight to join duty as per the date of ticket for flight. But Giri was told at the airport that the documents including air ticket provided to him were forged and false.
He came back home from Kolkata and tried to contact Anil who remained evasive, police said quoting Giri's complaint.
Unable to contact Anil, Giri lodged a complaint with local police against Anil on July 16, they added.
"This fraud always tends to cheat illiterate job seekers who are going to the Gulf for employment. He takes Rs 35,000 to Rs 45,000 cash each to provide them necessary documents like visa, air ticket and employment contract. In fact he provides forged documents to the job seekers," said Jajpur Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar.
"This is not the single case, Anil has cheated over hundred job seekers and collected over Rs 40 lakh from them on pretext of providing them the necessary documents for the employment in the Gulf," he said.
While Jena was arrested on Friday, search was going on for two of his accomplices who are still at large, police said.