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Teacher cries PF fraud

Ranchi, May 24: A senior teacher of a Dhanbad school has lodged a complaint with the regional commissioner of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) office in Ranchi, claiming that her savings in her PF account have been fraudulently transferred to her bank account in Bihar without her knowledge and consent.

Indrani Ghosh, vice-principal of Delhi Public School, Dhanbad, has also lodged an FIR with Seraidhela police.

According to the complaint, Ghosh was surprised to receive a message from the EPF office on her mobile phone on May 9, notifying her about acceptance of a form for processing her PF dues. The next day, she received another message that her form had been cleared and an amount of Rs 28.34 lakh had been computed and transferred to her account at Syndicate Bank in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

The senior teacher initially thought it to be a prank, but on contacting the EPF office in the state capital, found out that the amount had indeed been credited into her bank account.

Ghosh, who is due to retire in January next year, immediately informed DPS principal K.B. Bhargav, who confirmed that he had not signed on any document pertaining to withdrawal of money from the teacher’s PF account.

Suspecting fraud, Ghosh then lodged the FIR on May 20 under provisions of the Information Technology Act. She also intimated the office of EPF regional commissioner Sharmendra Kumar and sent a legal notice on May 22.

When contacted, Kumar said the matter was being investigated. “We have also filed a complaint with the police. There is a strong possibility that some employees of DPS, Dhanbad, are involved in the fraud as Ghosh’s details can only be known to her colleagues,” he added.

The EPF regional commissioner further said that a similar case had also come to their knowledge and they were probing the matter. “Though no withdrawal of money has taken place in that case, the issue is serious,” Kumar said.