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ACC sues MTB official for Tk 5cr embezzlement

  • Published at 11:36 pm December 10th, 2019
Anti Corruption Commission
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ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the filing of the lawsuit to Dhaka Tribune. ACC Assistant Director Shafiullah filed the case at its integrated district office-1, said Bhattacharya

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against a former assistant vice president (AVP) of Mutual Trust Bank (MTB) and his wife on charges of embezzling around Tk5 crore.

According to the case document, Zahid Sarwar, the principal accused and former AVP and center manager of MTB, and his wife Farhana Habib embezzled the said money through a misuse of official authority and writing out bank cheques with fraudulent signatures between 2016 and 2018.

ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the filing of the lawsuit to Dhaka Tribune. ACC Assistant Director Shafiullah filed the case at its integrated district office-1, said Bhattacharya.  

The national anti-graft agency has found that the accused were in collusion with each other in amassing illegal wealth, as made clear by the evidence. The chain of events point abundantly to an abuse of official power under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947 and Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2012, according to the case file. 

The accused MTB official, Zahid Sarwar, allegedly forged a signature, replaced a customer's mobile number for SMS Mobile Banking and used one of his own as his alternate mobile number, according to the case file.

Ferdousi Zaman, a client of MTB Banani branch, was the victim of the fraudulent cheques. 

Zahid Sarwar took possession of four new cheque books of the victim, later handing three of them over to Ferdousi Zaman and retaining one in his possession.

The accused Zahid forged the signature of Ferdousi Zaman and the cheque bearer’s signature, eventually misappropriating Tk4,97,80,000 crore.

After the money had been embezzled, Farhana Habib, wife of AVP Zahid Sarwar, deposited Tk2,24,00,000 crore into a business bank account in the name of Asha Creation. 

Subsequently, the money was transferred to an account abroad, according to the case report.