Con man’s husband with many wives arrested by doctor

Police from Bhubaneswar Police Station arrested a company doctor on charges of conspiring with a 66-year-old man from Kendrapara district in Odisha, who claimed to be a doctor and had married 14 women, including high-ranking professionals . across the country to defraud them financially.

While Ramesh Chandra Swain, a school dropout and took on the identity of a doctor, Kamala Swain arrested in Jharkhand turned out to be a real doctor, stationed at the corporate house office at Jamnagar in Gujarat. She had married the con artist in 2002 and was the legally married wife of the heavily married man, police officials at the station said.

The military doctor was found to have participated in a criminal association in the marriage fraud committed by Ramesh Swain. After prima facie evidence was found, she was arrested and is being questioned. The police will request his pre-trial detention to investigate the case further; a police station official here said he declined to divulge further details.

It is pertinent to note here that Swain (66) from Kendrapara district in Odisha was arrested on February 14. Posing as a doctor, he had married up to 27 wives, including highly trained professionals across the country. He mainly preyed on single people and widows, posing as a doctor working with the central government and scamming them out of money and other valuables.

Swain conned his victims through the false identity of Dr. Bijayshree Ramesh Kumar, Dr. Bidhu Prakash Swain and Dr. Ramani Ranjan Swain. All of these 27 marriages were performed after 2018. Victims identified so far were from Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha.

Five women from Odisha were also tricked into marrying the scammer. All of the female victims were either single or widowed and over the age of 45. His victims also included a Supreme Court barrister, an administrative officer in Kerala, a chartered accountant, a commander of a paramilitary force, the deputy managing director of an insurance company and doctors in 10 different states.

The 5-foot-2 short man didn’t faint. The man had his first marriage in 1982 and remarried a chief medical officer of a corporate house in 2002. Although born in 1956, he falsified the year of birth in 1971 through false documents . He only married 25 wives after 2018 through matrimonial platforms.

His romantic schemes to deceive highly educated women had left the cops here dumbfounded. After months of check and search operation, scammer Ramesh was arrested on February 14 at a rented house in Bhubaneswar on the basis of a complaint filed by one of the victims, a Delhi-based teacher.