Serial fraud offender in police net


Police have arrested a person, who is a repeat fraud offender and was convicted many times in the past, in connection with yet another plot of cheating unemployed youth.

In response to complaints about his fraud dealings with job seekers, a special team of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division nabbed Raj Kumar Chapagain, 42, of Goldhunga, Tarkeshwor Municipality-3 from the capital yesterday. Of late, he was on the run after collecting Rs 400,000 from Nileema Maharjan and Akriti Dangol of Baluwatar by assuring the duo of a post of Kharidar (non-gazetted second class officer) at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

According to police, Chapagain took the duo into confidence and lured them into providing him with money. He posed himself as an administrative officer of MoHA and even took the women up to Singha Durbar premises to make them believe him.

He had also faked employee provident fund ID card for the women to swindle them of money, saying that he has very good ‘good rapport’ with ministers and government secretaries, and they do not need to sit for exams conducted by the Public Service Commission for the post of Kharidar.

Similarly, Chapagain had cheated Shristi Ranjit and Sudeep Pandey of Rs 25,000 and Rs 171,500 respectively with a promise of recruiting them at the Ministry of Health and Population. Officials said the con man had assured them of managing a post of front desk officer at MoHP. Police have appealed to all to lodge complaints with the MPCD if they were defrauded by him. He has been referred to the Metropolitan Police Range, Teku for legal proceedings.

Earlier, Chapagain was arrested for two times in connection with cheating job aspirants in 2012 and 2014.