CB arrests an antique dealer for fraud

Monson Mavunkal, from Cherthala, had swindled around 10 crore from different people

A Crime Branch team investigating a case relating to the scam of around 10 crore of various people arrested Monson Mavunkal, originally from Cherthala, who claimed to be in possession of rare and historical antiques, following a descent into his house in Kaloor on Sunday.

He is said to have deceived people by saying that a museum attached to his house contained rare and centuries-old antiques. Unconfirmed reports indicate that most of what has been touted as antiques were recently crafted items made by carpenters and other people in the state.

Mavunkal is said to have borrowed huge sums of money from others, claiming he urgently needed funds to settle the proceedings and get a huge sum of money into his account.

He would have given assurances that he would lend them a lot more, without charging interest, after which a few people lent him money. Sunday’s raid followed a complaint filed with the police. He allegedly claimed that his rare collection of antiques included a Tipu Sultan’s throne.

Police were surprised to find that it had been made by a carpenter from Cherthala. His other claims included that he was in possession of Moses’ staff and some of the silver coins Judas Iscariot obtained for betraying Jesus Christ, it is reported.

After his interrogation, he allegedly confessed that many antique items were replicas of their original pieces.

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