JAGATSINGHPUR: A fraud of over `12 lakh has come to fore in the Raghunathpur branch of Cuttack Central Cooperative Bank in the district.
A case has been registered against cashier of the bank, Bansidhar Lenka by bank’s branch manager Trilochan Mohanty alleging that though the latter took money from depositors and gave them deposit slips in return, he neither deposited the money nor entered the amount in the bank ledger.
Apparently, Lenka was earlier employed in the same branch as a peon and got promoted to the post of cashier just a few years back.
The matter came to fore when the accounts and deposit details were verified. As the news spread, hundreds of depositors rushed to the branch office to check their accounts and found funds missing.
Inquiry by bank officials revealed that a total of `12.58 lakh was misappropriated by Lenka. Meanwhile, the accused is absconding.
Last month, a similar fraud was unearthed in State Bank of India, Bhitarandhari branch. Here too, the cashier Santanu Jena had misappropriated `19 lakh from the bank in a similar fashion.
Branch Manager of the bank, Ranjit Swain, had lodged a case against Jena with Erasama police. Jena hails from Mandashai under Jagatsinghpur police limits and is absconding now.