The Hindu / January 18 2006
Dentist held on cheating charge
CHENNAI: Police on Tuesday arrested a dentist on charges of cheating a businessman of Rs. 7 lakh by handing over a forged property document.
Police said the dentist, R. Latha (44), who practices in Mandaveli, bought a flat in Karthigeyapuram, Madipakkam.
She pledged the sale deed with a bank in T. Nagar to take a loan of Rs. 9 lakh. However, she failed to repay the loan amount.
She sold the flat to a businessman, Surendar Kothari, for Rs. 7 lakh, giving him the documents. Mr. Kothari locked up the flat, but when he returned sometime later, he saw that the lock had been replaced.
He took the documents to the Registration Department to verify their authenticity, and was told they were forged. He lodged a complaint with the Central Crime Branch police on December 22 last year.
The CCB’s investigations led to the arrest of the dentist who now faces cases under sections of 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of a valuable security), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document). Further investigation is on.