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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bank Officers Arrested in Rs.12 crore Fraud

More arrests likely in bank fraud case: CBI --Times of India 
COIMBATORE: The CBI sleuths investigating theRs12-crore fraud case involving two senior bank officials from nationalised banks have hinted that more arrests are likely to be made in the coming days in the case. They presented all 11 people taken into custody from Chennai, Salem,Coimbatore and Tirunelveli districts before the special CBI court here. Six of them, including aCoimbatore-based advocate, have been sent to five days in CBI's custody while the rest accused were remanded to 14 days in judicial custody.

All of them have been charged on serious counts including criminal conspiracy and forgery and the bank officials face additional charge of criminal misconduct by public servants. The accused had allegedly conspired to illegally pre-close and transfer out a Rs 12-crore fixed deposit receipt (FDR) from the Punjab National Bank(PNB) branch in Sankagiri in Salem district to State Bank Of India's (SBI) St Xavier College Palayamkottai branch in 2011. "We sought custody of the six accused as there are chances of more people being involved in the crime. Further details would emerge as we make progress in the investigation," said a CBI official, in charge of the probe.

The sleuths arrested R S Rajakrishnan and L Jayaprakash, senior managers of PNB, Sankagiri, and SBI, Palayamkottai, respectively on Tuesday along with Rajendran, an auditor from Chennai, advocate S S Thirumurthy, B Prabhu, Muthu, Zahir Hussein, Venkatesh, Sakthivel, Sundarapandian Kailasam and Raju Ram alias Sunil.

The CBI has been granted five days custody of Thirumurthy, Venkatesh, Sundarapandian Kailasam, Zahir Hussein, Rajendran and Muthu by the special CBI court here in the city on Wednesday. Another accused, Shahul Hamid, is absconding. B Prabhu and SS Thirumurthy are from Coimbatore and had facilitated in opening the bank account at Palayamkottai to electronically transfer the money.

The initial FIR was registered on November 12, 2012 based on a complaint by T Latha, deputy general manager of PNB, Trichy circle. As per the complaint, Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB), a government of Karnataka undertaking, had deposited two FDRs of Rs 12 crore and Rs 13 crore through PNB's Rajaji Nagar branch in Bangalore with Sankagiri branch on September 14, 2011. The Bangalore branch credited the proceeds amounting to Rs 25 crore to the account of their Sankagiri west branch office within the next three days under a one year reinvestment plan.

However, on October 3, 2011, the Sankagiri branch received a letter demanding them to pre-close the FDR of Rs 12 crore and transfer it to a specific SBI account in Palayamkottai without disclosing the name of the beneficiary. The letter, however, carried the credentials of the financecontroller of KIADB and the official seal of the government body. Based on the letter, Rajakrishnan preclosed the FDR and even deducted the TDS cut as per the normal procedure but did not return it to KIADB in Bangalore. "The basic motive was to take the Rs 12 crore that was deposited and illegally withdrawn. So the money was rerouted to another account and then withdrawn and directed to other accounts," said a CBI official.

However, KIADB approached the bank on September 7, 2012 demanding the payment of their matured deposits worth Rs 25 crore. They were paid only for the Rs 13 crore FDR that was with the bank and an inquiry was initiated on the basis of their subsequent complaint. It was later revealed that the letter received at the bank demanding the pre closure of the Rs 12 crore FDR was forged and manipulated with the alleged help of Rajakrishnan and the remaining 10 accused

Odisha seeks action in co-operative bank fraud case-- ET

BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Tuesday asked the managing director of Odisha State Co-operative Bank (OSCB) to initiate action against those responsible for misappropriation of Rs 17.34 crore from the Rourkela Branch of Sundergarh District Central Co-operative Bank (DCCB).
"The authorities of the DCCB have been asked to take action against the bank officials involved in the fraud. Besides, the auditor general of cooperative societies has been requested to probe into the allegation of fraud," said Odisha's cooperation minister B K Arukh.
While Rs 7.22 crore loan was granted by an ex-secretary of the bank, the State Cooperation Department has named nine other employees of the bank for embezzling Rs 10.12 crore.
The incident of fraud came to the light during a special audit of the bank activities from 2004-05 to 2011-12 and 01-04-2012 to 02-04-2012. Sundergarh DCCB's former secretary Babaji Charan Prusty had allegedly sanctioned non-agricultural loans amounting to Rs 7.22 crore beyond his capacity, the audit report said.
The audit report further held six other employees responsible for misappropriating the amount. "Bank's ex-branch manger S C Rath, ex-accountant N N Nayak and B Barik are suspected to be responsible for swindling Rs 10.12 crore," Arukh said.
In May this year, Odisha State Cooperative Bank's former president Jagneswar was arrested by vigilance sleuths for allegedly sanctioning loans to the tune of Rs 37 crore to Bijayananda Cooperative Sugar Mills in Balangir. Jagneswar was also the president of the cooperative sugar mill.

UCO Bank lodges complaint with CBI on FD scam

Bank suspends 17 staff members at 2 city branches
UCO Bank has lodged complaints of two alleged frauds — one related to the West Bengal Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (involving Rs 120 crore) and the other linked to West Bengal State Cooperative Bank (involving Rs 20 crore) — with the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The Bank’s officer on special duty, S.C. Sharma told Business Line that the lender had complained of alleged “frauds” related to its Circus Avenue branch and the Hastings branch in the city. “The WBIDFC-related complaint was filed on March 14 with the CBI fraud cell in New Delhi. The other related to the WBSCB was lodged on March 16”, the official said.
For a bank, it is mandatory to file complaints regarding such “high-value” (over Rs 15 crore) frauds with the CBI. Sharma said though the CBI was yet to swing into action, the Kolkata Police was continuing with the investigation.


On a complaint by the State Government unit — WBIDFC — on March 13, Kolkata Police arrested the branch manager of the UCO Bank Circus Avenue branch last Thursday.
However, according to sources, no arrest has so far been made in relation to the alleged fraud involving Hastings branch of the branch. The cooperative bank, which was also defrauded by fake fixed deposit certificates, also filed an FIR with the police.
Bank officials said five staff members of the Hastings branch and 12 at the Circus Avenue branch have been suspended.
“It seems a racket involving people within the organisations and the bank was behind the wrongdoings”, said a source.
UCO Bank claimed on Saturday that the WBIDFC did not have any current or term deposit account with the Circus Avenue branch of the bank. Neither did the branch submitted any bulk deposit rate quotation to the corporation, it said.
The bank also said that the so-called two fixed deposit certificates, allegedly issued by the Circus Avenue branch to WBIDFC, were “fake”. The bank further said, “at no point of time the said bank branch has issued any deposit certificate” to WBIDFC.
According to WBIDFC, the corporation had transferred Rs 59 crore from Bank of India on August 30 last year and deposited it to Circus Avenue branch of UCO Bank. “On January 10 this year, we further transferred Rs 61 crore from Indian Bank to the UCO Bank’s branch. WBIDFC obtained two separate fixed deposit certificates from the bank, signed by the branch manager”, Avirup Sarkar, Chairman of the WBIDFC, had told Business Line last week.


CVC for action against banking officials involved in Rs 2,650cr fraud

NEW DELHI: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is finalising disciplinary action against several bank officials who were allegedly involved in one of the biggest banking frauds committed in recent times.
Sources said that CVC is on the verge of recommending first stage advice for action against officials of 26 banks, which together provided Rs 2,650 crore to Zoom Developers, a Mumbai-based construction company that was declared a non-performing account last year.
A consortium led by Punjab National Bank had provided Rs 2,650 crore of bank guarantees and credit facilities to Zoom Developers for its projects. All those guarantees and facilities were revoked after the firm failed to execute its projects that were mostly in the UAE and Europe. The company was largely engaged in big industrial constructions and infrastructure ventures.
The spectacular failure of the company's projects led to PNB and Canara Bank making a loss of Rs 537 crore and Rs 88.5 crore, respectively. CBI filed separate cases last year into these two banks being defrauded. A third case of fraud is believed to have been registered with the CBI by the UCO Bank, which had an exposure of Rs 300 crore. The Union Bank, too, had an exposure of Rs 300 crore.
Over the past year or so, CBI has questioned several Mumbai officials of these banks.
Suspicion abounds that a major criminal conspiracy may be in the works since several banks provided bank guarantees in the projects, where the market norm does not require so.
A minor part of these bank guarantees are covered with insurance from Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India. But most of the money is lost.
Once the CVC gives its first stage advice for disciplinary action against the officials, banks concerned will constitute departmental inquiry that would carry out a final examination of the evidence and counter arguments. Based on the findings, the officials could face action upto dismissal from service. The CBI investigation against them would be conducted simultaneously.

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