A bogus business deal made by absconding Jeweller Nirav Modi to a Canadian national cost the latter Rs 1.4 crore, his girlfriend and pushed him into depression. Nirav, who is wanted in a multi-crore fraud at India’s Punjab National Bank, allegedly sold two fake diamond rings to a Canadian man Paul Alfonso for Rs 1.4 crore in Hong Kong. The buyer, who reportedly had no clue about fraud charges on Nirav, bought the rings to propose to his girlfriend. But their celebration was cut short after the duo found out that the diamonds were fake, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
In April this year, Alfonso sent an email to the diamond jeweller asking for “special” engagements ring to propose marriage to his girlfriend. After Alfonso made payment for both rings to a Hong Kong account, he received the rings in June. But in August, when Alfonso’s fiancée took the rings to an appraiser, the couple found that the diamonds were fake. The incident led to the breakup between the couple. Alfonso has now filed an unlimited civil lawsuit against Nirav in California, suing him for Rs 31 crore.