A 68-year-old Malappuram businessman was honey-trapped by vlogger couple Nishad-Rashida and embezzled Rs 23 lakh from former. The duo was arrested from their rented house in Thrissur.
The vloggers were popular on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Rashida befriended the businessman a year ago and used the relationship to blackmail him demanding money.
The woman reportedly called the man to her apartment in Aluva, where his visuals were secretly recorded with the help of her husband. These visuals were then used by the couple to extort money from the businessman in instalments. The businessman was helpless and even borrowed money from others. Later, his family on knowing the incident, lodged the complaint.
The accused has been remanded and Nishad has been sent to jail while Rashida is out on interim bail as she is mothering two infants.