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Jun 5, 2009

Radiologist held for cheating

The police on Thursday arrested a 57-year-old radiologist for cheating a doctor after promising to get her Rs 1,000 crore from atrust inFrance to build a multi-speciality hospital in Chennai. She collected Rs 1.13 crore from the doctor for processing the huge loan.


"The radiologist, R Mayaram, who had similarly cheated at least 37 persons across India had told them that she had got Rs 55,000 crore from a private trust in France for investing in goodwill projects in India. We are expecting more such complaints," assistant commissioner of police (credit card fraud detection wing) M Paneer Selvam told .

Mayaram, who had been evading arrest since 2007, was nabbed in Coimbatore. Two cars, a computer, Rs 50,000 in cash and important documents were recovered from her. She was booked for cheating and remanded in Puzhal prison.According to the police, Mayaram began her career in the radiology department of the Government General Hospital in Chennai. With dreams of becoming rich quick, she started a catering service in Thiruvanmiyur and later, after quitting her job, a consultancy. She posed as a rich woman, especially before doctors and others at the GH. She spun fantastic stories about her business.

Believing her, Dr Chitra of the Institute of Child Health Hospital in Egmore decided to invest in her business. Mayaram told her that the Bhickna Pahari Trust of France had sent Rs 55,000 crore to a State Bank of India branch in Delhi for funding welfare projects in India. Dr Chitra then told her of her plan to build a Rs 1,000-crore hospital in Chennai. To process the funds for the project, Mayaram collected Rs 1.13 crore from Dr Chitra, but soon began dodging her. After a while, Mayaram said the trust head was dead and hence the delay in sanctioning the fund.

Chitra then lodged a complaint in 2007 with the city police commissioner who forwarded it to the central crime branch. "We registered a case and launched a hunt. Mayaram had fled the city and hid in Coimbatore and Tenkasi. After closely monitoring her movements, the special team nabbed her in Coimbatore on Thursday. People should not believe those making such promises. In this case, Mayaram had actually told Dr Chitra that she didn't have to repay the huge loan after it was processed," Paneer Selvam said.

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