How this ‘doc­tor’ sold Oz dreams in 5-star ho­tels

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: With a PhD and a plethora of other de­grees, 61-year-old DH John Paul could have opted for teach­ing post-re­tire­ment. How­ever, he chose crime and duped peo­ple by as­sur­ing them of high-pay­ing jobs in Aus­tralia.

Paul com­pleted his stud­ies from Andhra Univer­sity and had been liv­ing in Bengaluru till a few years ago. He came to Delhi from Halli Vil­lage in Kar­nataka and started op­er­at­ing as a global ed­u­ca­tion and job con­sul­tant. He al­legedly floated two fic­ti­tious firms — Seven Seas Con­sul­tancy and Mac Global Con­sul­tancy — to lure youths by promis­ing them high-pay­ing jobs in Aus­tralia.

He would stay in five-star ho­tels in Lu­tyens’ Delhi and meet clients for in­ter­views. Paul would charge each can­di­date be­tween Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh. He also pro­vided fake of­fer letters to the as­pi­rants.

His con job would have gone unchecked had it not been for a woman and a few oth­ers who laid a trap for him in Dwarka. One of them posed as a job­seeker and met Paul at Golden Palm Ho­tel in Sec­tor 12, Dwarka. Po­lice were alerted when he ar­rived.

DCP (New Delhi) Eish Sing­hal said a woman named Ar­chana from Ro­hini lodged a com­plaint claim­ing that Paul had taken Rs 2 lakh from her to get her a job that didn’t ma­te­ri­alise. “We got sim­i­lar com­plaints from Mar­ques, Michael Zavier, Johny Ro­drick, Ibrahim and RP Rao,” Sing­hal added.

The case was as­signed to sub-in­spec­tor Av­inash from Chanakya­puri po­lice sta­tion. When the com­plainant alerted po­lice about Paul’s pres­ence in Dwarka, he was ar­rested from there. The ac­cused was booked un­der IPC Sec­tion 420 (cheat­ing). Po­lice seized a few fake of­fer letters from his pos­ses­sion.

“The cops will get the de­tails of the du­ra­tion of his stay in the five-star ho­tels. Till date, 17 vic­tims have been found and their state­ments have been recorded,” Sing­hal said.

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