ATM fraud: CJM
Balasore: The Balasore Additional District Judge (ADJ) court on Monday upheld the verdict of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) which had sentenced eight accused including four Nigerians to four to five years rigorous imprisonment in the multi-crore ATM fraud case.
Two Nigerians, Mike Douglas and Hennery Omke, were awarded five-year jail terms and Rs 13,000 fines each while other two, William Joseph and Albert Ohema, had got four years imprisonment with fine of Rs 7,000 each. Similarly, other four accused from the State, Rabinarayan Mohanty, Pradip Nayak, Karttik Mohanty and Jagannath Tripathy, were sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment and Rs 19,000 fine each.
The eight convicts had misappropriated nearly Rs 2,37,69,000, which was meant for 18 ATM counters of four different banks in and around Balasore town in January 2010. Four convicts from the State, who were engaged to load cash into ATM machine through a private financial company, had taken away the currencies instead of putting them into the machine. Later, they deposited the amount in an e-letter account opened in the name of the Nigerians.
The matter came to fore after the company authorities reviewed the daily transactions of the ATMs and subsequently lodged a complaint with police. The foreigners were caught from outside the state and booked under foreigners’ act of IPC.