Bank employee among three held for banking fraud

Kathmandu, December 3: The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police has arrested three persons, including an employee of New Road-based main branch office of Agricultural Development Bank Ltd, for allegedly embezzling Rs 49.1 million.

The suspected banking offenders are: Deepika Regmi, 32, of Sitapaila, Kathmandu; Prakash Ghatani, 42, of Terhathum and Ramesh Kumar Thapa, 42, of Dolakha. Regmi is the prime suspect, who worked in collusion with Ghatani and Thapa to embezzle cash deposits available in the bank.

SP Jeevan Shrestha, CIB spokesperson, said Regmi, an assistant teller at the branch office, took home the amount of inter-branch clearing by mentioning it as pending in the bank statements. “CIB, acting on a letter sent by Nepal Rastra Bank, arrested the suspects yesterday to initiate legal action against them,” he informed.

According to CIB, Regmi credited the amount deposited by clients to the accounts of her relatives and Ghatani’s account with the bank. She used to credit the amounts deposited by various persons and organisations through electronic cheque clearance to the concerned accounts for some time before transferring them to Ghatani’s and her relatives’ accounts by reusing the cheque after altering bank records.

Regmi led a luxurious lifestyle. She bought gold and other items for personal use. Ghatani would give her jewellery for crediting the amount to his account. Thapa also acted as Regmi’s henchman in committing the banking offence, CIB informed.

Patan High Court has remanded the trio to five-day judicial custody for further investigation under the Banking Offence and Punishment Act, 2008. The Himalayan Times


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