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Five persons, including three Nigerians were arrested for allegedly cheating two people from Hyderabad by promising them partnership in diamonds trade.

“Accused Terry Ennem Joseph of Nigeria had befriended with T Pravin Kumar of Hyderabad on a social networking site around 10 months back and told him about his intentions to start business in India, for which he would be sending diamonds and gold biscuits,” DCP (crime) Parag Manere told reporters.

“Joseph asked Kumar to deposit Rs 11 lakh to get the consignment delivered, however, Kumar did not receive the consignment and went into depression, following which he committed suicide.”

Kumar’s friend NR Sadashiva was also allegedly cheated for Rs 3.75 lakh, but he complained Hyderabad police after realising that he was cheated.

During the investigation, police found that one of the account on which money was transferred belongs to a Dombivali resident Laxman Mali and accordingly the case was handed over to Kalyan Crime Branch.

Mali reveled to police that Mahesh Damodar Rajput alias Rajesh Gupta used to pay him 2 percent on every transaction and therefore he he had allowed transfer of money in his account.

The three Nigerian Frank, Velentine and Kevin  were arrested at Mira road railway station.

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