The Rachakonda police in Hyderabad on Saturday arrested a woman from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh for allegedly cheating a firm of Rs 89 lakh. The accused was identified as 36-year-old Koduru Neeraja, who was working as a Managing Partner of Sonac at Podalakur in Nellore district. Her husband K Suresh Kumar, another partner of the firm, Koduru Rama, and employees Madan Mohan Reddy, Sravan, Avinash Reddy and Akhil were also named as accused in the case.
The issue came to light after a complaint by one Kavitha Chinnaswamy, the managing partner of VS Enterprises in Hyderabad. The police said that Neeraja allegedly misrepresented her firm and claimed that it was associated with Netherlands-based Sonac, a multi-national corporation.
The police said that the accused "conspired and collected soya de-oiled cake from the complainant's firm, VS Enterprises in Hyderabad's Nagole during the period of March 2018 to April 2018, and did not respond to the requests for payments of the supplied material worth Rs 89,63,795â€ť.
The police said that the accused had posted Suresh's phone number in an advertisement in Google, which used the "name and style of the original Sonac based in the Netherlands and requested to supply soya de-oiled cake to their plant with an oral agreement that payment will be done within 60 days of delivery of materialâ€ť.
"Since the delivery of the material, the owners of Sonac and their employees were evading calls regarding the payments and thus cheated the complainant. All the accused conspired together, misrepresented the firm and cheated the complainant of a substantial amount of Rs 89,63,795,â€ť the police said.
A case has been registered under Sections 417, 419, 420 (cheating) and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, besides relevant sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
The police said that more details would be revealed after further investigation.