The woman has been accused of being involved in embezzling Tk25-30 crore
A woman was arrested for her alleged involvement in fraud and embezzling money, promising to take people to Canada and America with marriage proposals advertised in newspapers.
She has been identified as Sadiya Jannat, alias Jannatul Ferdous, who was arrested by The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police on Thursday.
She claims to be divorced in the newspaper advertisement and says she would take her suitor abroad after marriage.
She met with any interested men and told them she has a business abroad which he would have to take care of.
Jannat has taken around Tk1,79,50,000 from just one victim.
She and her associates embezzled Tk25-30 crore from many victims. The accused has been conning numerous victims in this manner for almost 10 years.
CID has revealed this information after arresting the accused.
During her arrest on Thursday, CID recovered three passports of victim ‘husbands,’ 10 mobile phones, three memory cards, seven seals, innumerable used SIMs, and bank slips for Tk4.8 crore.
Sheikh Md Rezaul Haider, additional deputy inspector general (DIG) of CID confirmed the matter during a press briefing at CID headquarters in Dhaka on Friday.
He said that the accused Jannat is the ring leader.
On July 6, she advertised in newspapers that a childless divorced businesswoman, who is a citizen of Canada, is looking for an elderly man for marriage, who will also look after her business.
Then a man met her in a restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan and showed interest in marrying her. The victim then gave her around Tk150,000 and his passport, said Md Rezaul Haider.
At one stage, Jannat told the victim that her business in Canada is worth Tk200 crore. But she doesn’t like it there because of the cold. So, she would wire the money in the victim’s name.
Later, in the name of bringing that money and tax-VAT and DHL expenses, she swindled a total of Tk1.79 crore and switched off her phone, the official said in the briefing.
He said: “After filing a complaint with the CID, we started an investigation into the matter.
“We also got news of more such fraudulence with other people. She was later arrested while visiting another victim to collect money.”
Rejaul said, although Jannat is only a girl from Comilla who studied till SSC, the victims were led to believe that she was a Canadian expatriate due to her smartness in attire and speech.
She divorced her first husband and got married a second time. Her second husband is a member of this con ring.
The members of this con group have been found with assets worth Tk20 crore in and around Dhaka, he said.
An investigation is underway to arrest the other members of the ring, he added.