The R.T. Nagar police have arrested a man, who is accused of cheating students at his study centre after promising them degrees through distance learning programmes.

He has been identified as Jason D’souza, from Mangalore.

The racket came to light when one of the students approached a reputed college in the city for admission. On verification, the college found that her certificates were false and rejected her application.

Based on a cheating complaint she filed, the police raided Ashirwad study centre in HMT Layout and arrested Jason.

Enquiries revealed that he had been running the centre since 2010, where he also conducted pre-university coaching. He would print false certificates from “Gwalior University”, “Tamil Nadu University” and “Board of Secondary Education from Madhya Bharath” to issue to his students. Around 30 people had fallen victim to his scheme.

The police confiscated hundreds of false marks cards from him.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (north division) Sandeep Patil said ‘Gwalior university’ and the ‘Board of Secondary Education from Madhya Bharath’ do not exist. Besides, he added, the accused had not obtained permission to run the coaching centre.

City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H. Auradkar meanwhile requested people to be cautious while getting admission to such centres. He advised parents to check the credentials of the institution with the Education Department.

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