Pune: Bank account holders in the city should make sure that they spend their own hard-earned money from their accounts and not blow off somebody else's money deposited by default in their account lest they get nabbed by the police. Here is a case of a Gondia-based woman who has been booked by Chaturshringi Police on charges of cheating a nationalised bank to the tune of Rs 8.21 lakh.
The woman has been charged for fraud for siphoning off Rs 8.21 lakh which was deposited in her account by default by Pune Branch of NABARD ( National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development ). The police have identified the suspect as Rajeshwari Dilip Pache, a resident of Sainagar in Marartoli area of Gondia after a complaint was lodged against her by the bank General Manager Sunil Krushna Jahagirdar.
He stated that Pache instead of returning the amount to the bank, its rightful owner , suppressed the information and siphoned off the same for her personal gains. The complaint further stated that the incident took place between July 31 and Oct 29, 2012 and acts as the principal cash delivery agency for different schemes of the state government.
According to the police, an amount estimated to be worth Rs 8.21 lakh sanctioned by the state government for a rural development scheme was scheduled to be deposited in the Bank of India account of Social Action for Rural Development, an Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Gondia. However, due to a mistake, the amount got wrongly credited in Rajeshwari's account with BOI, Gondia.
Chaturshringi Police Station incharge Arun Sahebrao Sawant informed DNA that a mistake on the part of the NABARD employee resulted in the amount getting deposited in Rajeshwari 's account and not the NGO for which it was actually meant. " It was her duty to inform the bank that the amount did not belong to her. Instead she was evasive in her replies to the bank officials when they got in touch with her. Later, after a series of oral and written correspondence between the bank and the suspect, relented and agreed to pay the dues. However, she retracted from her stand and did not pay the pending amount ," he added.
Sawant further said that Rajeshwari spent the amount for personal use despite being given an advance option to return it to the bank. A team of Detection Branch ( DB) officials under the guidance of Assistant Police Inspector (API) V R Gaud will soon be leaving for Gondia to arrest the suspect, Sawant said.