EOW arrests another fraudster in Rs 5 crore Govt fund siphoning case

Bhubaneswar: In sequel to arrest of three accused persons namely Samir Kumar Pati of Rourkela on 04.05.2021 and, Rajkishore Nayak of Bhawanipatna and Ananta Charan Pradhan of Pipili on 08.06.2021, EOW, Bhubaneswar arrested another accomplice namely, Abinash Kumar Pradhan from Bhubaneswar on 18.10.2021 in EOW PS Case No.08 dtd.01.05.2021 u/s 420/467/468/471/120(B) IPC, r/w Sec.66 (C) & (D) of IT Act, 2008. The accused was produced in the Court of SDJM, Sonepur today.

The above noted case was registered on the report of CDMO, Subarnapur on the allegation that on 07.04.2021, an amount of Rs.5,01,50,000/- was unauthorisedly diverted from the account of Zilla Swasthya Samiti, National Health Mission (ZSS, NHM), Subarnapur by hacking Public Financial Management System (PFMS) of National Health Mission.

During investigation, it has been ascertained that accused Rajkishore Nayak was previously serving as an Accountant on temporary basis in NHM, Sonepur during the year-2016 to 2020 and thereafter, he has been working as an Accountant in Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training & Research (SVNIRTAR), Olatapur.

In March accused Rajkishore Nayak entered into criminal conspiracy with Ananta Charan Pradhan and others including the present accused Abinash Pradhan (who happened to be relative of Raj Kishore Nayak) and in furtherance of such conspiracy on 02.04.2021, they unauthorisedly hacked the portal of NHM system i.e. PFMS and generated one E-cheque amounting to Rs.5,01,50,000/-.

Thereafter they manufactured duplicate seal of ADMO and CDMO, Sonepur and put /used those as genuine on the said E-cheque. On 06.04.2021, accused Ananta Chandra Pradhan with another accomplice placed that E-cheque at SBI, Sonepur for clearing.

On 07.04.2021 an amount of Rs.5,01,50,000/- was diverted to the account of M/s NATURALS maintained with Central Bank of India, Main Branch, Rourkela. A series of debit transfer has been made from that account by different persons including accused Samir Kumar Pati, who was an employee of M/s NATURALS.

During investigation many incriminating documents/articles have been seized and out of siphoned amount of Rs.5 Crore (approx.), an amount of Rs.3.30 Crores (approx.) has been frozen.

The investigation of the case is continuing to trace/ arrest other accomplices of the crime.

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