Cheques stolen from post office, forged: Four including clerk held in Mumbai
They used a meticulous modus operandi, and managed to withdraw several lakh of rupees starting January this year.mumbai Updated: Oct 07, 2017 00:31 IST
The Mumbai crime branch has unearthed a huge scam, where a gang stole several cheques received by the Department of Post by airmail or railways in Mumbai, with the help of a 50-year-old clerk working there. They used a meticulous modus operandi, and managed to withdraw several lakh of rupees starting January this year. All four gang members, including the clerk, have been arrested.
One of the accused, Sunil Yerpude, 50, worked as a head clerk in the Andheri East division of the post office and was arrested by a team of senior inspector Vinayak Mer, API Laxmikant Salunke of the Mumbai crime branch’s property cell and others on Friday. He had stolen at least 65 cheques, which had come to the office by airmail or by railways. He handed over these cheques, mostly belonging to NRIs, to the other three accused.
The accused then carefully changed the beneficiary name and the amount written on the cheque. They then opened bank accounts using forged documents and deposited the cheques there, and the withdrew money from ATMs. Till now, 20 cheques have been deposited in different banks, while 45 were to be deposited.
The officials said that they strongly suspect the involvement of some bank officials in the case, because the accused managed to change the registered mobile number of the account holders, so they did not receive the SMS alerts sent by banks on the money being debited from their account. Further, they made several bank accounts using fake documents.
The probe began after one of the persons whose cheque was not delivered filed an FIR in May this year with the Goregaon police. Incidentally, the other three accused, Sanjay Jain, 40, Soham Bhanavat, 38, and Dhyanchand Parihar, 45,are out on bail in three similar cases of cheque forgery committed in 2008, 2009 and 2013.