Kerala police arrested a man from Gonikoppal, Karnataka who pretended as a photo journalist of The Times of India and duped many using fake ID cards.
According to police Aneesh Rehman, 24, along with another one suspect Prince, who is absconding, stayed in hotels without paying bills and took money from several people in Wayanad and Alappuzha.
Rehman was arrested after the complaint filed by ToI management. ToI reports that the incident came to light in December last when the newspaper's office in Kochi received information that two of its `staff members' were collecting money from resorts in Wayanad. Though a complaint was filed, the duo fled to Mysuru, evading arrest.
As per the report some hoteliers in Alappuzha, a toddy shop owner and a car driver was duped by them that they borrowed money from them.
They have also allegedly took money from another person by offering job in middle east.
â€œDuring their frequent visits to Ernakulam from Alappuzha, they purchased high-end cameras and mobile phones through free online classifieds websites and paid the seller by cheque which were never honoured. They would then sell these electronic equipment to shops in Menaka,â€œ KV Vijayan, assistant commissioner, Ernakulam Central told ToI.
The duo were earlier coffee shop workers in Bangalore.