Pune, 3rd May 2021: A female relationship manager and a male bank manager of a Pune-headquartered bank were arrested on Sunday by Pune City police for allegedly cheating a senior citizen by forging his documents and withdrawing money from his account.
After the citizen’s death, the accused also tried to withdraw his mutual fund amount. However, his 53-year-old son saw an SMS regarding this and enquired about it. When he learned about the fraud, he lodged a complaint with the Vimantal police station.
According to the police, the incident took place between September 2020 and April 7 this year.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused might have withdrawn more than Rs two lakh from the deceased’s account. The accused had also changed the phone number of the senior citizen so that he does not come to know about the transactions.
The senior citizen had passed away on March 10, 2021. However, on March 22, there was an SMS on his phone which stated that the mutual fund redemption application has been rejected due to a difference in his signature.
The complainant – the deceased’s son – told police that both the accused persons had visited them on March 23 to inform them about the bank account, insurance policies, and mutual funds. However, the accused did not tell them about the mutual fund regarding which he received the SMS. Sensing a fraud, the deceased’s sons checked with the bank, insurance company, and the mutual fund company and learned about the fraud and lodged the complaint with the police on May 2.
An FIR has been registered in this regard against the two accused of offences under Sections 420 (cheating), 465 (punishment for forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged document as genuine), 409 (criminal breach of trust by banker), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Police Sub Inspector AS Jadhav, who is investigating the case, said, “A judicial magistrate court has remanded the two arrested accused to police custody till May 6 for further investigation.”