A 30-year-old resident of Farkhor district in the southern province Khatlon has been detained on suspicion of a large scale fraud,, the Interior Ministry’s official website says.      

He reportedly took a total of 179,934 somonis from two persons promising to help them perform the Hajj but he did not fulfill the promise and simply pocketed the money.  

According to the Interior Ministyr’s website, he took 109,934 somonis from a 27-year-old resident of Jaloliddin-Balkhi district (Khatlon province) promising to send his parents to the Hajj and 70,000 somonis form a 67-year-old resident of the same district promising ti send him to the Hajj.  

He did not keep his promise and did not return the money, the Interior Ministry’s official website noted.  

Criminal proceedings have been instituted against the fraudster and an investigation is under way.