A couple,who duped the Railways for nine years by drawing pension based on a non-traceable certificate issued by the police even as the husband worked in Kuwait,have been sentenced to seven days of rigorous imprisonment.
The case relates to Chennai residents Harman Castor and Barbara Castor,who were also fined Rs 4.52 lakh by a Special Court,CBI spokesperson said.
Harman was working in Railways and was removed from service in 1983 for continuously absenting himself from work.
Barbara was knowing that her husband is employed in Kuwait,but still she misrepresented the issue with police,registered a case of missing man and managed to get non-traceable certificate.
On the strength of the certificate and based on CAT order,she got sanctioned terminal benefits of Harman as also family pension in her favour from Railways and was drawing pension and terminal benefits from December,2000 to June,2009, the official said.
The official said Herman came back from Kuwait in 1990 and,thereafter,was living with his wife in Chennai,while his wife was drawing a pension of Rs 4,370 per month based on the misrepresentation that her husband was missing.
It was in September,2009,that this fraud came to light and investigation was taken up by CBI. CBI after completing the investigation filed a chargesheet in October.
The court convicted Harman and his wife Barbara in a cheating case and sentenced them to undergo seven days rigorous imprisonment. A fine of Rs 4.52 lakh has also been imposed. Out of the fine amount,Rs 4.02 lakh has been awarded as compensation to the Railways, the official said.