Mangaluru, April 1, 2018: A Mumbai woman has filed a complaint of cheating a sum of Rs 3.25 crore, against Gladys D’Almeida, a resident of Mangaluru, and 12 others, at Mangaluru North (Bunder) police station.
According to the FIR, Everest Pereira, the husband of Carmeline Pereira, presently based in Mumbai, had invested a huge amount in LIC Mutual Fund many years ago. The couple were married in 1975. However, a week after Everest Pereira’s death under mysterious circumstances on September 14, 2005, Gladys D’Almeida, claiming to be Everest Pereira’s wife, requested the LIC Mutual Fund to transfer a sum of Rs.3.4 crore investment of Everest Pereira to her name. She also enclosed the death certificate of Everest Pereira which she reportedly obtained fraudulently.
Quite interestingly, the claim, made to LIC Mutual Fund was recommended by a letter to M/s Karvy, official registrars of LIC Mutual Fund, by A T Rodrigues, wife of Olvin Henry Rodrigues, who is the LIC Mutual fund agent of Everest Pereira, having office opposite to Fathima Retreat House at Valencia in Mangaluru. The letter of Gladys was also recommended for transfer of fund by Assistant Manager Pallavi Sawant of LIC Mutual Fund Area Office at Bengaluru and five transaction slips in the name of Everest Pereira were issued to Gladys D’Almeida and she has allegedly signed as Gladys Pereira and five cheques were issued to Gladys D’Almeida totally amounting for Rs 3.4 crore. The amount was credited to Gladys D’Almeida’s account of Kankanady branch in Mangaluru.
Carmeline Pereira, in her complaint, stated that she obtained a copy of the audit trial report which revealed how the LIC Mutual Fund officials colluded with Gladys D’Almeida and others and how the officials without asking for any documents - whether Gladys D’Almeida was the wife of Everest Pereira - embezzled Rs 3.4 crore between the last week of September 2005 and first week of October 2005.
Mangalore North Police have registered the complaint and further investigations are on.