In more trouble for Michael Ferreira, the former world billiards champion has been booked along with six others for allegedly cheating a senior citizen by selling his property using forged documents.
“Based on a complaint filed by one Cyril Edmond Henriques (87), an FIR was registered on November 13 last year against Michael Ferreira, his four relatives — Peter Dominic Ferreira, Josh George, Mark Ferreira, Peter Herrence Ferreira (who is dead now) — and two builders Manish Agrawal and Sanjay Agrawal (the buyers of the property) on charges of cheating and forgery,” said Deepak Bagawe, Senior Inspector of Gorai police station.
They have been booked under Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 474 (knowing it to be forged and intending to use it as genuine), 447 (criminal trespass) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, he added.
Police is now preparing to issue a “look out notice” against the former sportsperson.
Mr. Ferreira is also wanted for questioning in connection with Rs. 425-crore scam allegedly spearheaded by a multi-level marketing firm QNet and the Mumbai Police has issued a look out notice against him in the case.
According to police, Mr. Henriques had approached cops alleging that Mr. Ferreira sold his one acre plot in Malad to two builders, (who are cousins) for Rs. 11 lakh, using forged documents some years ago. The value of the plot was estimated to be over Rs. 2 crore when it was sold.
Mr. Henriques, a retired employee from Larsen and Toubro and resident of Bandra, claimed that his father Elias Cosmos had bought a one-acre from Mr. Ferreira’s father at Gorai in Malad in 1935 for Rs. 450. Cosmos had purchased the property in the name of his wife, Shera Merry Henriques.
Mr. Cyril’s parents are dead now.
Realising a lot of unusual activity on his open plot, Mr. Henriques approached police at Gorai which conducted an enquiry following which an FIR was registered against Ferreira, his relatives and two builders last year.
“Ferreira is wanted and we are preparing to issue a lookout notice (in this case),” Mr. Bagawe said.