Consultancy operator held for swindling with promise of teaching job in Thailand

KATHMANDU, August 13

Police have arrested an education consultancy operator on the charge of swindling a man of Rs 350,000, promising the victim a teaching job in Thailand.

Gayatri Wagle, 28, a permanent resident of Deurali VDC-3, Nawalparasi, was nabbed by a team of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) from Syuchatar yesterday. The MPCD said Wagle was proprietor of the Dbest Educational Consultancy in Syuchatar.

The woman, in November last year, had published an advertisement in a daily newspaper with a message reading “Earn your international teaching experience in Thailand : Let’s start your international teaching career right from here” with the name of Ideal Consultancy and Career Development.

Seeing the advertisement with attractive offer, Gokul Chhetri of Budhanilakantha Municipality-12, Kathmandu, had contacted Wagle.

At the meeting, the consultancy operator suggested that Chhetri pay Rs 350,000 for procedures to land a job that would earn him around Rs 60,000 a month in Thailand. Convinced of the assurance that her brother Bhimesh Dotel would manage everything for him in Thailand, Chhetri flew to Bangkok in December last year, after paying Rs 100,000 to Wagle. In Thailand, Dotel (Wagle’s brother) again took Rs 250,000 from Chhetri, according to police. But, Dotel only helped Chhetri establish contact with a Thai national before fleeing.

Chhetri stayed in Thailand for 20 days after that, without getting the promised job. Frustrated, he returned home and demanded that Wagle return his money. Wagle, however, refused to return the money, and assured him another suitable job. Subsequently, Chhetri flew to Thailand again in May.