Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 16 (PTI) Actress Dhanya Mary Varghese was today arrested along with her husband and brother-in-law in connection with a Rs 130 crore cheating case by a company promoted by her husbands family, police said. The actress along with her husband John Jacob, Managing Director of the Samson and Sons Builders and Developers Private Ltd, and his brother Samuel Jacob, were taken into custody from Nagercoil on complaints from various persons who had invested in apartments and villas promised by the developers, police said. Dhanya was serving as Director, sales, in the company. According to police, Dhanyas father-in-law, Jacob Samson, Chairman of the company, had been arrested earlier. Their real estate company had taken up various projects in Thiruvananthapuram city in 2011, promising to deliver 500 flats and 20 villas within two years.They had collected Rs 100 crore as advance during booking from various people, including non-resident Keralites and another Rs 30 crore promising high interest, police said. However, when they failed to deliver the promised flats, several people filed complaints with police. The three had been hiding at Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kerala before they were arrested by a special investigation team constituted by City Police Commissioner from Nagercoil, police said. Dhanya debuted with Tamil film Thirudi. She has acted in several Malayalam films including Thalappavu, Kerala Cafe, Nayakan, Red Chillies and Pranayam, before getting married in January 2012. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/actress-husband-arrested-in-real-estate-fraud-case-%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0/1/836181.html
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The district Crime Branch on Monday arrested a prominent builder in the city for cheating several people after collecting money from them by offering a high interest rate. The accused is Jacob Samson, 61, a resident of Muttada. Police said that Samson and his two sons had been running real estate business for the past few years under the name ‘Samson and Sons Builders and Developers Limited’. Apart from real estate business, Samson used to lure investors by offering high interest rates for the amounts collected from them. The builder had duped over 30 people to the tune of `10 crore in this manner. “Efforts are on to nab Samson’s two sons and they will be arrested soon”, said M S Santhosh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, District Crime Branch. Samson’s son John is a film actor. The Peroorkada police had received complaints a week ago and later the case was handed over to the Crime Branch based on the instructions of City Police Commissioner G Sparjan Kumar. The accused was produced before the magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/2016/nov/01/prominent-realtor-in-thiruvananthapuram-held-for-cheating-customers-1533709.html
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