Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ex-accountant of SIES held in Rs 58 crore cheating case

Mumbai: The economic offences wing (EOW) on Monday arrested a woman accountant in the alleged cash-credit cheating case of Rs 58 crore. The police had earlier arrested five persons in this case in which the accused had duped the South Indian Education Society (SIES) by promising them high returns on their fixed deposits. Varsha Goilkar, who earlier worked with the SIES as an accountant, was terminated from her job soon after the cheating case was registered.

The police have so far arrested Mohammed Fasih, chairman and managing director of the Showman Group that runs the countrywide Sheesha lounge chain, Avinash Khandale, Roy Josesph and Anil Pawar, an MBA, in the cheating case.There are more than 18 FIRs against the accused, including 14 with the Mumbai EOW alone.The cheating amount mentioned in these 18 FIRs is more than Rs 2.50 crore.

“Pawar had approached SIES through Goilkar, his former colleague. As commission, Goilkar got more than Rs 3 lakh from Pawar. She had been summoned several times. Once her role was established, she was arrested,“ said a senior EOW officer. Goilkar is the first woman to be arrested in this case. Her husband, S B Goilkar, said his wife had been cooperating with the police and that Pawar had threatened them to keep quiet.The police have filed a chargesheet in 8 such cases against Pawar and his aides.

The Times of India, March 11, 2015

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