KALYAN: 1000’s of buyers who had deposited cash in two schemes floated by a jewelry retailer have been left within the lurch after its homeowners shut their outlets 4 days in the past and went into hiding. When police landed on the Dombivli house of Goodwin Jewellers’ homeowners Sunilkumar and Sudeeshkumar on Saturday, it was locked. Their showroom in Dombivli has been sealed.

The Kumars, who hail from from Kerala, had a minimum of 13 retailers in Mumbai and Pune. A lot of the buyers of their schemes are Keralities settled in Mumbai. The web site of Goodwin Group, a personal restricted firm, describes Sunilkumar because the chairman and and Sudeeshkumar because the managing director.

Folks claimed to have invested between Rs 2,000 and over Rs 50 lakh. However police imagine the quantity might run into crores. S P Aher, senior inspector at Ramnagar police station, mentioned, “We have now filed a dishonest case in opposition to the homeowners and their space supervisor Manish Kundi, and a probe is on.” He added that round 250 folks had approached them from solely Dombivli up to now and their statements have been being recorded to seek out out actual sum concerned. Sunilkumar’s telephone had been switched off when TOI tried to contact him.

Jewelry agency proprietor leaves behind voice message, tells buyers their funds are secure
After information about Goodwin’s Dombivli showroom having been shut unfold, buyers got here in massive numbers to lodge complaints with police. Extra are more likely to method the police after Diwali.

The Kumars, who personal Goodwin Jewellers, wherein hundreds had invested, have been within the jewelry enterprise for over 22 years. A voice message believed to be from the chairman promised buyers that their investments have been secure and can be returned. “What has occurred is an final result of a miscampaign that started three years in the past when my household was in hassle. The enterprise has been affected, however we’re within the strategy of bringing in new concepts to deal with it,” the message mentioned.

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The buyers claimed the Dombivli workplace was closed on October 21 and after they enquired with the workers over telephone, they have been informed it will stay closed for 2 days. However the store being shut even throughout Diwali sparked worries.

Sandesh Mudaliyar, an investor, mentioned: “To draw buyers, each the owner-brothers held programmes the place they might invite celebrities from Bollywood and the Kerala movie world.”

The agency had employed brokers on a fee foundation to garner deposits. One other investor mentioned he and his brother invested Rs 1 lakh solely as a result of it generated some revenue for the agent. “Our father started this funding 5 years in the past. We continued with the gold scheme because the agent earned a livelihood from that revenue,’’ mentioned Unni Narayan.

After the information unfold, folks started gathering outdoors Goodwin showrooms in Thane too. “I had invested over Rs three lakh and was saving it for future well being bills,” mentioned Anuya Misal.