A banker from Kerala, who has been being accused in a cheating case concerning Rs 8 crore had been absconding for three months had been caught on Sunday from Bangalore.
A native of Pathanapuram in Pathanamthitta, Vijesh Varghese with his wife and children went absconding, after allegedly duping Rs 8 crore. He was brought back to Pathanamthitta on May 17.
Duped Over 8 Crore Over A Period Of 14 Months
Over a span of 14 months, he allegedly transferred Rs 8,13,64,539 (Rs 8.13 crore) from 191 accounts in Canara Bank to his and his wife’s account. The CCTV footage reveals that to do it, he accessed the computers of his colleagues and the branch manager in their absence.
His behaviour of coming to work on holidays raised the brows of his colleagues and they informed the same to the police.
Following the fraud, the branch manager, assistant manager and five officers at the bank were suspended due to internal enquiry as senior officials cited that the officials failed to prevent the fraud.
Misused The Passwords Of Account Holders
The police alleged that Vijesh misused the passwords of account holders in the bank to get the money. Pathanamthitta police chief R Nishanthini told the media that they haven’t questioned Vijesh yet. She said that Vijesh was living in Bengaluru under the name Vikas Kumar after renting a house on February 29.
“He closed many fixed deposits of customers and transferred the amount to four other bank accounts. Two were in his name and two others were in his wife’s name,” R Nishanthini said. “From these four accounts he transferred money to other various accounts. He used the money to invest in the share market and also to play rummy online,” she added. She also said that Rs 6.5 crore was transferred to these four accounts and the rest of the amount was transferred to other ‘suspicious accounts’. The case is being investigated by the Crime Branch and further details are awaited.