The Police have arrested a woman who had her office in Amutham Nagar, Edayarpalayam, on Friday for allegedly cheating youth from different parts of Tamil Nadu to the tune of several lakh rupees — by assuring to get them well paid jobs in Singapore.
The Police are on the lookout for her accomplices.
The arrest was made based on petitions submitted by the youth to the Superintendent of Police (SP), Coimbatore Rural, M. Sudhakar, earlier in the day.
In their petition, the youth claimed that a few months ago they saw advertisements with the contact details of M. Vijayalakshmi (39) — the accused who was arrested — to get them jobs in Singapore.
“We had a written test as part of the selection process. We were then told that we would get a salary of Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh, a month based on our qualification,” they said.
They added that she called them a few months later and claim that their passports and visas were ready.
“She collected our ‘salary’ for two months as service charge. A month later we got the visa through post. Later she insisted that we should go to Mumbai and take a particular flight,” they claimed.
The youth said that they were shocked when they were detained by the immigration department officials at Singapore Airport and handed over to the Airport Police.
“They informed us that our visas were forged and sent us back to India,” the youth lamented.
“We could not get back our money from her,” they added.
On the SP’s direction, the youth lodged a complaint with Thudiyalur Police, registered the case under Sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for cheating) and 471 (for using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code.
Inspector S. Saravanan said that the youth were sent to Singapore in four batches between January and March 2014.
About Rs. 1 lakh was collected from each of them, he said.
Further investigations were under way, he added.
Mr. Sudhakar told The Hindu that efforts were on to find out if more persons were cheated by the woman.
Woman held; search on for accomplices in Singapore job scam