Serial fraud suspect in police net

KATHMANDU: Police nabbed a man on charge of defrauding at least four persons with fake promises of sending them abroad for lucrative jobs.

A team deployed from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) on Thursday nabbed Pratap Bhatta from Pepsicola of Kathmandu.

A permanent resident of Lalbandi-1 of Sarlahi district, Bhatta (31) swindled foreign job aspirants by publishing classified advertisements on daily newspapers, according to police.

Recently, he assured Krishna Kunwar from Dhapasi of the Capital that he would send him to Australia on a work visa and took Rs 275,000 claiming to begin the procedures, according to MPCD.

After Bhatta did not deliver the promise, the victim had filed a case against him at the MPCD.

Preliminary police investigations suggested that Bhatta, a Christian pastor, had earlier swindled Dhupsang Lama from Mahankal of Kavre, Parbat Shrestha from Suwarnapur of Parsa and Bharat Magar from Ramechhap of Rs 360,000 collectively assuring them of work visas of the United States.

Police said they are looking into the case to check if the suspect might have cheated other persons also.

Meanwhile, the man has been sent to the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, for further investigations and actions.