VISAKHAPATNAM: The police on Saturday arrested four employees of Medical and Health Department, involved in a scam in Chintapalle sub-treasury office during 2012-14. The crime police are investigating the `4-crore scam following a complaint filed by district treasury officer M Geetha Devi and have already arrested three main accused in the case.
Revealing the investigation details, ASP (Crime) N Rajakumar said that the four accused - Jerrela PHC junior assistant M Raja Ratnam, Pedavalasa PHC junior assistant M Appala Narasimham, Rajendrapalem PHC senior assistant G Venkata Ratnam and Tadadi PHC junior assistant G Sankaramma - aided the main accused by forging signatures.
The ASP said that the three police teams investigating the scam have traced various witnesses and arrested the accused. The police have also seized documents of an under construction house in an extent of eight cents, belonging to Raja Ratnam and `3 lakh cash belokgimg of Appala Narasimham’s house.
According to DSP Krishna Varma, the police found that some of the treasury employees were also involved in the scam. In fact, the district treasury officer lodged a complaint that they had found `3-crore scam in the 2013-14 accounts. The investigation reveals that the accused had drawn `1.5 crore in 2012-13 by submitting fake bills.
It is suspected that 23 employees are involved in the scam.