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

19/10/2021 at 5:12 PM

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch arrested another accomplice namely, Abinash Kumar Pradhan from Bhubaneswar on Monday in connection with an Rs 5 crore government fund siphoning case.

The case was registered on the report of CDMO, Subarnapur on the allegation that an amount of Rs.5,01,50,000 has been 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 the investigation, it has been ascertained that accused Rajkishore Nayak was previously serving as an accountant on a 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 ft Research (SVNIRTAR), Olatapur.

“Nayak entered into a criminal conspiracy with Ananta Charan Pradhan and others including accused Abinash Pradhan (who happened to be relative of Raj Kishore Nayak) and in furtherance of such conspiracy, they unauthorisedly hacked the portal of NHM system i.e. PFMS and generated one E-cheque amounting to Rs.5,01,50,000,” said EOW. They accused then manufactured duplicate seal of ADMO and CDMO, Sonepur and used those as genuine on the said E-cheque.

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