Indian con man arrested after marrying FOURTEEN “well-paid” women over 43 after convincing them he was a traveling health official with a “very simple” ploy.
- Ramesh Chandra Swain, 65, was targeting middle-aged divorcees for well-paying jobs.
- He posed as a health official who was supposed to travel to various states in India.
- The lie allowed him to spend time away from his wives without arousing suspicion.
- Police believe he married 14 women in seven different states over the course of 43 years.
- He asked the women for money or assets to be transferred in his name.
According to police, 65-year-old Ramesh Chandra Swain is from Odisha. An East Indian man who married 14 “well-paid” women after convincing them he was a traveling health official has been arrested.
An Indian con man who married 14 “well-paid” women after convincing them he was a traveling health official has been arrested.
Ramesh Chandra Swain, 65, from Odisha, eastern India, harassed mostly middle-aged divorcees, including teachers, doctors and lawyers, who were looking for company or marriage.
Police said he posed as the Deputy Director General of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, who had to travel to various states to inspect medical facilities.
The lie allowed him to spend extended periods of time away from home without arousing suspicion, police said.
After marrying women, police believe he asked them for money or assets to be transferred in his name before disappearing.
Over the course of 43 years, he married 14 women in seven different states of India before being arrested.
After his arrest, Swain told police it was “pretty damn easy” to convince them he was a traveling health official, according to The Times.
Inspector Uma Shankar Dash of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, told reporters that Swain has wives all over the country and has admitted to 14 so far, but Dash said he thinks the number “could be more “.
He also added that Swain has five children from his first two wives.
According to the police, he first married in 1979, but since about 2010 he began to attack divorcees, especially well-educated and well-paid professionals.
Swain was finally caught when one of his wives, a teacher, drove 1,500 miles from Bhubaneswar to Delhi, police said.
She noticed the text messages on his phone, and when she called the three women, she was shocked to find that they also claimed to be his wives.
She filed a police complaint last July, prior to Swain’s arrest.
Dash told reporters that the investigation is ongoing, adding, “We’re still figuring out how much money he made.
“It is not clear whether he lived with the women in succession or lived with several at the same time.”
At the time of his arrest, according to police, Swain had 11 bank cards, 14 bank accounts and five different IDs.
Police were able to track down most of the 14 wives, according to Dash, one of his wives “was distraught” as Swain was still dating her at the time of his arrest.
She refused to believe the police, Dash said, and would only believe it if Swain “told her to her face.”
Swain could face up to seven years in prison if found guilty.