Accountant siphoned off Rs 16 crore from South Mumbai firm in 3 years

The Azad Maidan police last week registered an FIR against an assistant accountant for duping her employer to the tune of Rs 16.32 crore. The accused, Vrishali Sachin Bamane, siphoned the amount over a span of three years and transferred it into eight different accounts, including that of her husband, parents and siblings. She concealed her crime by fudging the records.

Vrishali Sachin Bamane
Vrishali Sachin Bamane

Vrishali, who is currently on the run since the fraud came to light on May 11, has been booked under Section 408 (criminal breach of trust) of Indian Penal Code in the FIR that was lodged against her on May 25.

Speaking to mid-day, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Manojkumar Sharma said a manhunt has been launched to nab the accused.

Commenting on the case, a police officer said that the FIR was filed against Vrishali on the basis of a complaint registered by Jayant Upadhyay, one of the directors of Mahalaxmi Rope Works, Fort, where she was employed. He told the police that Vrishali had been managing the accounts of the company and its subsidiary following her appointment as accounts and general assistant in February 2008.

Upadhyay said the fraud came to light during the annual audit of bank account statements by other employees earlier. It was found that Rs 16.32 crore had gone missing between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2016.

“Bamane was present during the audit and upon learning that her game was about to get over, she excused herself on the pretext of visiting the washroom and fled the office. This raised doubts in Upadhyay’s mind. He then ordered a detailed scrutiny of the bank transactions, which left him dumbstruck,” said a police officer.

Sources claimed that Vrishali first tested the water by transferring Rs 40,000 — salary for two months — into her account at once. Upon learning that the dubious transaction went unnoticed, she started scamming her employer. They also added that the accused has withdrawn most of the money from the accounts via ATMs.

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