The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved a charge sheet against 40 people including some Prime Bank officials and businessmen over their alleged involvement with embezzlement of about Tk 93 crore from the bank, according to sources.
“The ACC approved the charge sheet against at least 20 bank officials and 20 businessmen as the commission found that the people led by suspended executive officer Kamrul Hasan Ferdous committed the forgery through 29 business firm accounts creating fake loans from 2002 to 2012,” said an ACC official.
ACC assistant director Rashedur Reza carried out the investigation and found that money had been embezzled through 408 checks and creating over 500 back to back letters of credit.
According to the official the Prime Bank filed a case with Motijheel police station on March 29 in 2012 against Kamrul Hasan Ferdous on charge of alleged embezzlement of about Tk 48.78 crore.
But the commission found that actual amount of embezzlement was Tk 93 crore, said the official.
The ACC investigation officer interrogated at least 50 bank officials and 50 businessmen suspecting their links with the scam.
The ACC on January 31 last year interrogated suspended head office’s FAVP Mohammad Nasir Uddin Bali, vice president AHM Jakir Hossain, senior vice president Sohidul Islam, senior executive officers M Asraful Haque, M Rafiqul Islam, Miran Hossain and Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan, FAVP Mohammad Salah Uddin and FAVP Mohammad Motahar Hossain.
The commission also interrogated suspended officials of the Prime Bank’s head office vice president M Ghulam Hayder, senior executive vice president Khandakar Iqbal Hossain, deputy managing director M Misbahul Bar Chowdhury.
The ACC also interrogated former vice president Mohammad Aminul Islam, Dilkusha branch’s former executive vice president M Sadiqul Islam, senior executive officer Mohammad Imtiaz Sohel, executive officer M Safiqul Islam and senior officers M Hasan Jubyar, M Arifur Rahman and M Mezbah Uddin Kazi, Motijheel branch’s senior executive officer M Aminul Islam Khan, executive officer Sohidul Islam, foreign exchange department’s FAVP Shafiquzzaman Bhuiyan on February 5, 2013.
Dilkusha branch’s junior officer Mohammad Atiqul Islam Manik, head office’s assistant vice president M Baki Billah, executive officer Mohammad Solaiman Hossain and suspended executive officer Kamrul Hasan Ferdous and Satmasjid Road branch’s assistant vice president Sah Mohammad Mohasin will face interrogation on February 10 this year. – Staff Reporter