Mahesh Bhaskar Mhatre, a bogus custom officer was nabbed by the Crime Unit of the Bhiwandi police. 34 year old Mahesh was living in a retired school teacher’s house at Shahapur, Bhiwandi since last 1.5 years.
He lured the retired school tacher and others in the vicinity by promising to get the gold biscuits at cheaper rates from Customs. He also promised them to give jobs in customs and collected a sum of Rs 32.90 lakh from the villagers.
After cheating several people he disappeared following which the victims lodged a police complaint and hence the accused was nabbed.
The police team recovered 379 gm of gold ornaments, a Skoda car, a motorcycle, two laptops, gold polished silver biscuits, uniforms used by customs officers, 7/12 extracts used for land dealings, blank certificates of schools and Rs 70,000 cash from the accused.