They tried to change the cheque amount from Rs 3,050 to Rs 18.5 lakh; the cheque was issued by Pancard Club,say police
Three members of a Pune-based business family who had tried to forge a cheque issued to them by the Pancard Club – a prominent chain of hotels and resorts,by changing the issued amount from Rs 3050 to Rs 18.5 lakh were recently arrested by the Dadar police.
Police officials said that one of the accused Amrita Gulab Marathe (23) had reportedly paid a membership fee of Rs 1000 and enrolled in a scheme which promised a refund in case the clubs facilities werent used. She had demanded a refund of her fees and on December 17,the companys head office which is located at Dadar had issued her an AXIS Bank cheque of Rs 3,050. The cheque was collected by her brother Amit Marathe. About a fortnight later,the company learnt through the bank that there had been an attempt to withdraw Rs 18.5 lakh using the same cheque, said Dadar police stations senior police inspector Madhukar Sankhe.
The accused had then allegedly scanned the cheque and overwritten the amount and replacing Amritas name with that of her father,Gulab Maruti Marathe. The cheque was then deposited it in a Satara branch of Indian Bank. The interaction between both banks had led to the detection of the fraud,when there was a discrepancy found between the amount issued and the amount being cited during encashment. The sum of Rs 18.5 lakh was also transferred into the Indian Bank account. Thats when a manager from Pancard Club,Morari Ghag,approached us alleging that the Marathes had indulged in forgery and cheating, said Sankhe.
The complaint was registered on December 31 and immediately a mail was sent to the banks to freeze the account,said Sankhe. Meanwhile a team from the Dadar police left for Pune where they found that the Marathes stayed at Chikhli in Pimpri-Chinchwad We went to the Indian Bank branch where the Marathes had their account and traced their address. We learnt that the Marathes owned a small-scale glove manufacturing company and also owed amounts of money to several people in the city. Gulab Marathe had also been booked for a couple of cases before, said a police official requesting anonymity.
After laying a trap,the police had nabbed Marathe and his son Amit on January 6 and a case had been registered at the Dehu Road police station. Amrita had applied for anticipatory bail which was rejected and she was arrested on last Saturday. The police have also seized the computer and the scanner which were used to forge the cheques.