Cherthala: With a promise of providing an interest-free loan of Rs 100 crores, an Alappuzha resident was cheated Rs 6.27 crores by the self-styled antique collector Monson Mavunkal.
Alappuzha resident Shaji filed a complaint with the police after falling prey to Monson's scam. Shaji in his complaint said Monson convinced him that he was supposed to get Rs 70,000 cr from the Sultan of Brunei for a crown he sold. For getting the amount released he had to pay a fine as per Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Monson submitted evidence to prove his claim and even produced bank records to make him believe his lies. The offer of an interest-free loan was even more convincing for Shaji.
Shaji says, it was when he approached the High Court, the Crime Branch intensified probe.
“Crime Branch estimated the value of his vehicles at Rs 25 lakhs. He posed for pictures with prominent personalities and by showing the pictures he invited people to his home. Monson gave a complaint against me for registering a case against him in Pandalam. He always tried to make contacts with prominent people. By making use of it, he cheated many. He bought old luxury vehicles, which were not in running condition, and parked in front of his house to deceive the public that he is rich,” said Shaji.