In a recent case, a woman named Jhansi Rani Samuel, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, was arrested for an alleged fraud amounting to approximately ₹6 lakh at a luxury hotel in Delhi’s Aerocity. Shockingly, subsequent investigations revealed that the woman had a meager ₹41 in her bank account at the time of her arrest.
The incident unfolded when Jhansi Rani Samuel stayed at the Pullman Hotel in Aerocity for 15 days. During her stay, she reportedly engaged in fraudulent transactions, accumulating charges totalling ₹5,88,176. The hotel staff informed the police that she utilized a fabricated identity card, posing as one Isha Dave, to access spa services valued at ₹2,11,708.
The woman purportedly showed the hotel staff that she was making payments through the ICICI Bank UPI app. However, upon reconciliation, it was discovered that the bank had not received any payments. Authorities suspect the involvement of a dubious payment app in the fraudulent activities.
Despite claiming to be a doctor initially, Jhansi Rani Samuel’s background and motives for staying near the airport remain unclear. The Delhi police have reached out to their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, seeking assistance in obtaining her actual address and details about her family.
Upon interrogation, the accused woman provided conflicting information, initially stating she was a doctor and her husband resided in New York. However, the veracity of this information is yet to be established. Initially arrested for cheating, additional charges under sections 419, 468, and 471 of the IPC (Impersonation, Forgery, and Use of Forged Documents) have been added to the FIR.
This case underscores the complexity of modern fraud, involving fabricated identities, fraudulent transactions, and the potential use of dubious digital payment methods. Investigations are ongoing, and the women’s cooperation in providing accurate information remains a challenge for law enforcement.