Odisha: EOW arrests three more persons for bank cheque fraud

Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch today arrested three more persons from Barbil and Rourkela in connection with a bank cheque fraud committed at Bank of India, Rourkela branch. The three accused, Amit Kumar Gupta, Sunil Kumar Mohanta and Arun Kumar Barik were accomplices of B. Murty Pillai, who was arrested by the EOW from Rourkela on January 8, 2021.

The three accused were forwarded to the Court of SDJM, Panposh.

Based on a complaint filed by Anjani Kumar Singh Azad, Chief Manager of Bank of India, Rourkela Branch, the EOW registered a case no 01 dt. 05.01.2021 U/s 420/467/ 468/471/120(B)IPC.

As per the complaint, B. Murty Pillai, a customer of Bank of India, Rourkela Branch by using a cloned cheque as original managed to avail Rs 2.87 crores from the bank and diverted the same for his personal use.

As prima-facie case was well made out, Pillai was arrested on January 8, 2021 and forwarded to the court.

During investigation, it is ascertained that Pillai, his three accomplices and others managed to arrange a cloned cheque, purportedly issued from the Account of M/s Karnataka State Co-operative Marketing Federation Limited (KSCMFL). Entering the amount of Rs 2.87 crore on the said cheque, Pillai managed to clear the same at Bank of India, Rourkela Branch and got the said amount deposited in his cash credit account maintained in the same branch.

Soon after clearing of the fake cheque and deposit of Rs 2.87 crore in his account, Pillai transferred the amounts to different accounts maintained by him, his relatives and accomplices.

The investigation also revealed Gupta, Barik and Mohanta have received substantial amount from the fraud amount of Rs 2.87 crores deposited the account of Pillai.

An official of EOW said investigation into the case is on to trace other persons involved in the case.

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