Abu Dhabi: Uthup Varghese, one of the accused in the nursing recruitment scam, has been arrested in Abu Dhabi by the Interpol.
His name had earlier figured in the Interpol’s list of the most wanted persons.
He has been charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy with a public servant to commit criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act, and collection of excess service charge from emigrants.
Uthup's Kochi-based recruiting firm is alleged to have been recruiting nurses to Kuwait and instead of collecting a service charge of Rs.19,500 only, it was collecting Rs.19.5 lakh. Reports indicate that they have recruited close to 1,000 nurses in the past one year.
Last month, a raid by the Income Tax department at the recruitment agency found huge sums of unaccounted money there.