Former ATM in-charge held for fraud

A squad of Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) on Sunday nabbed former ATM in-charge of Himalayan Bank Limited for his alleged involvement in misusing ATM pin code of clients and withdrawing money from Nepal-India border in Banke district. 

Thirty-eight year old Anish Bhakta Suwal Dangol, an IT engineer and a resident of New Baneshwar of Kathmandu, allegedly withdrew Rs 57.5 million using ATM pin code of clients from 2007 to 2012. Suwal was hiding in various cities in India. 

Police have also suspected involvement of other bank staffers in the fraud. “Investigation is under way to find if other bank staffers were also involved in the fraud,” Chief of MPCD SSP Puskar Karki said at a press meet in Hanumandhoka. 

Suwal allegedly carried out the fraud while settling Visa and MasterCard accounts. A case was registered against him after being suspended. 

According to police, Suwal, who had lost over Rs 5 million while gambling in casino, had started withdrawing money using ATM pin code of clients. 

In a brief comment to the media, Suwal said, “Everything will be revealed soon.” The bank had filed a case against him to recover the amount from Suwal.

Suwal had joined the bank in 2004 as an IT officer and was promoted to various posts in the bank. As he had designed the bank´s software, he had good knowledge of VISA .

MasterCard accounts and weaknesses in the internal control system, according to the police. Suwal has been sent to Metropolitan Police Range Office for further investigation. 

Source: Republica