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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Three arrested in South Indian Bank appointment scam

Three persons, including two women have been arrested in connection with an alleged extortion racket offering officers’ post in private sector South Indian Bank Ltd here.

Police said the woman, who was the brain behind the racket, was at large after an Interpol alert in connection with another cheating case

She had reportedly cheated several people into parting with lakhs of rupees offering appointments in the Railways and Cochin Dewaswom Board and cases had been registered against her on this count.

She was arrested earlier in cheating cases and she pretended to be a relative of Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA.

Police started investigating the matter two weeks ago on a complaint from the banks in this regard.

The modus operandi of the trio was to offer appointments in SIB without a written test and interview after paying them a hefty amount as bribe.

They had taken amounts ranging between Rs 4 lakh and Rs 10 lakh for the posts of General Accountant, Legal Officer and probationary Agricultural Officer for which SIB had advertised recently, police said, adding the exact amount taken from the public would be known only after they were questioned.

The scamsters led aspirant-employees to believe that a major portion of the money paid would go to certain Bank directors, police added.

The scam came to light when some of the victims approached the bank with fictitious appointment letters, with the bank seal and signature of the General Manager. It is suspected at least 10 such letters were issued to the head office of the bank here, police said.

The scamsters had issued appointment letters of SIB branches at Bangalore, Kanjirappilly and Thiruvananthapuram, police added.

Source: Financial Express


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