Malavika Devati who was recently arrested by the Jubilee Hills police along with her son Gopal Devati, for cheating an NRI software engineer to a tune of Rs 65 Lakh, had also cheated another software engineer from Kukatpally Housing Board (KPHB) to the tune of Rs 1 crore (INR 10m). The incident came to light when the victim approached the police on Monday.
The 44-year-old woman, who allegedly defrauded the US-based NRI on the pretext of marriage earlier, has a second such complaint against her within a week of her arrest. Another city-based IT professional has lodged a complaint with the KPHB Police accusing Malavika of duping him of over Rs 1 crore via matrimony fraud.
The software engineer in his complaint said that he came in contact with the con woman in a matrimonial site where she introduced herself as a doctor and US citizen, and settled in Jubilee Hills. Malavika maintained that her phone and bank accounts were hacked and requested the victim to transfer money. Believing her, he transferred over Rs one crore to her bank account in installments.
The 33-year-old techie also claimed that Malavika allegedly lured him by her “love chats” on WhatsApp and Telegram. He said that apart from digging into his own savings, he even borrowed money to transfer it to Malavika.
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On May 27, the Jubilee Hills Police arrested Malvika and her son Pranav Lalith Gopal Devathi (22) for allegedly cheating a US-based NRI engineer. She allegedly lured him on a matrimonial site using a fake profile. She pretended to be a doctor named Keerthi from Jubillee Hills. Read detailed story at the end of this article.
After her arrest by Jubilee Hills police, another techie victim approached the police. A case has been booked. Sources said the Hyderabad CCS police too have booked a case against Malavika.
Laying The Trap
Malvika bluffed to the first complainant that she owned a number of properties and her mother was forcing her to transfer them on to her name. Her father had died and she needed money to fight a legal battle. The NRI got convinced and transferred Rs 65 lakhs. After extracting the money, she became incommunicado. Once the NRI realised that he had been duped, he filed a police complaint.
The second complainant alleged that Malvika used a fake profile with a fictitious name of Anu Pallavi Maganti, a doctor in the US, on telugumatrimony website to defraud him. She allegedly told him that the access to her bank accounts have been blocked by her politically influential family.
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Employing her modus operandi, she asked him for monetary assistance for handling legal issues. The IT professional transferred a sum of Rs 1.02 crores to her bank account in multiple transactions.
The police have registered a case under IPC sections 406 and 420 and section 66 of the IT Act.
Kukatpally Police officer speaking to media said, based on the complaint by the software engineer, they have filed a case and began their investigation. He said earlier also, the woman involved in such crimes. The Police officer has shared the diary of events stating how the software engineer was trapped.
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