Scamsters returned some of the embezzled amount to hoodwink administration: EOU
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as the number of FIRs lodged in the Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Ltd, scam has risen to nine, with two more cases being registered by the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of the Bihar police, reports now said that the scamsters had returned some of the embezzled amounts.
Reports said that the scam involved an elaborate scheme of pilfering money from government accounts and putting back some money in those accounts when money was to be spent for genuine government schemes.
EOU sleuths have discovered that the total amount withdrawn from the accounts of the Bhagalpur district treasury, the district land acquisition office, the urban development department, the district cooperative bank and the civil surgeon’s office stood at over Rs 626 crore in seven of the total nine FIRs.
The scamsters had also returned Rs 305 crore to those accounts to avoid detection of government money being stolen.
The Inspector General EOU J S Gangwar was quoted in the The Telegraph as saying that rechecking of accounts in seven FIRs has revealed a difference of Rs 321 crore (Rs 626 crore stolen minus Rs 305 crore returned) in the balance, while checking of bank accounts pertaining to two other FIRs is under process.
“Srijan and others returned Rs 305 crore to the respective bank accounts related to the seven FIRs, leaving a gap of Rs 321 crore. We are trying to trace the trail of the money that has vanished,” a senior EOU official was quoted in the daily.
EOU sleuths have also discovered that arrested Bhagalpur district welfare office treasurer Mahesh Mandal owns a three-storey house worth Rs 10 crore spread over 20 cottahs of land.
There are 26 AC rooms in the house and it also has a silent generator worth Rs 55 lakh, sources said.