he trusted his wife and gave her the amount.
An Indian woman stole her husband’s money and car in what was an elaborate scam. The victim was a 77-year-old retired Food and Civil Supplies Department officer.
It was reported that the woman stole a total of Rs. 40 Lakhs (£43,000) from the man.
The victim, ML Pastaria was a resident of Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. Following his wife’s death, he had become lonely.
He subsequently expressed his desire to remarry and put out an advertisement. A short while later, a 45-year-old woman named Asha Sharma contacted him.
She arranged for him to meet her at an address in Madhya Pradesh. They spoke and a wedding was arranged.
On December 4, 2016, they were married. Following the wedding, Asha visited Bilaspur regularly.
Every time she visited, she was accompanied by two men named Ashish and Rahul. Asha told Pastaria that they were her relatives.
Two months after the wedding, Asha told her husband that she has several acres of land in her name and planned to sell it to a relative living in Dubai.
The Indian woman claimed that she was selling the land in order to buy a property in Bilaspur.
She went on to say that someone else was looking after the documents. Due to this, there were problems in selling the land.
Asha told Pastaria that she would need to pay approximately Rs. 15 Lakhs (£16,000) to have the document released.
The retired man said he trusted his wife and gave her the amount.
Soon after, she began asking for money for different reasons. Over a period of several months, Asha ended up taking a total of Rs. 40 Lakhs.
In order to raise the funds, Pastaria sold his first wife’s jewellery and took out a loan. Following a request by Asha, he also leased a car.
One day, the victim discovered that his wife was gone, taking the money and the car.
He revealed that she has not been seen for four months. Pastaria realised he had been scammed.
After filing a complaint, he conducted some research and found out that he was not the only victim.
He tracked down the other victims and spoke to them. Ten men revealed that they were also conned by the woman, who had used different names.
Pastaria expressed his anger but admitted that he did not expect his wife to steal his money and flee.