Hyderabad: For the first time after the amendment of the Preventive Detention Act in the State, a white collar/financial offender, who was involved in many as 10 cheating offences across the police limits of Rachakonda, Hyderabad City and Nalgonda district has been detained.
Charged with duping gullible persons to the tune of several crores since 2009, Jonnagari Aruna Reddy has been lodged in the special prison for women at Chanchalguda.
According to the police, Aruna Reddy got a job in the Ordnance Factory, Yeddumailaram on compassionate grounds after her husband died in a road accident. However, she was suspended from the job after a case of cheating was filed by the UCO bank for pledging fake land documents for a loan of Rs 40 lakh availed by her father and was arrested by the CBI along with her sister.
Later, she entered into real estate business on the city outskirts with the help of acquintances Gopi, a resident of Sivam Road, Nallakunta, Syed Amzad alias Jaffar, resident of Vidyanagar and Karunakar of Tarnaka, and allegedly committed frauds and duped several innocent persons, the police said. A case of cheating was registered against her in the Central Crime Station as well.
Aruna Reddy also allegedly formed a gang to threaten victims who sought return of their money. The Rachakonda police said she was already facing trial in four cases and was also involved in six cases of cheating in the recent past.
Her modus operandi, the police said, was to present herself as a highly influential person, move about in costly hired cars and catch the attention of the gullible.
Several others were also cheated with promises of gold offers at 22 per cent lesser price. She also mortgaged hired vehicles claiming to be the owner.
After being released on bail in a couple of cases, Aruna Reddy was involved in 10 cheating cases since 2009 in which 19 persons were victimized and duped to an amount of Rs.3.23 crore, police said.
Preventive Detention orders were invoked against the suspect by Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat, according to a press release.