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Four auditors dismissed from service in PC scam.

MULTAN -- Accountant General of Punjab (AGP) Mian Shujauddin dismissed from service four senior auditors of the Multan district accounts office on Wednesday for their involvement in embezzlement of millions in the Punjab Constabulary (PC) accounts.

Those penalised for the wrongdoings are Mudassar Raza Dreshak, Tahir Abbas Bukhari, Chaudhry Muhammad Tahir and Muhammad Ismail. They hired fake employees and authorised bogus payments to superintendent of the police of the PC Batalion-03, reads a letter by the director general of district accounts officers, accountant general office, Lahore.

Mr Bukhari was issued notice on October 11, 2017 for hiring fake employees and authorising bogus payments due to which the treasury suffered a Rs7.44 million loss. Ismail ignored standard pre-audit checks causing a Rs6.33 million loss to the treasury while Tahir and Dreshak also caused Rs155.64 million and Rs163.2 million losses to the government.

The accountant general office identified 92 fake transactions carrying scanned signatures of the battalion commandant a couple of months back and initially Rs3.4 million (embezzled) amount was calculated.

The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) had lodged a first information report on Aug 30 against 30 employees of the constabulary and the district accounts office on the complaint of Hassan who stated suspects prepared fake suspension and subsequent restoration orders of ghost PC employees and transferred salaries of those 'employees' into secret accounts by preparing bogus bills.

He said a fact-finding team had been constituted which found that secret bank accounts in the name of some employees of Battalion No 3 were opened with the connivance of district accounts office employees. Fake suspension and subsequent restoration orders of the employees were created by entering fictitious dates of suspension and restoration, and fake salary bills of the duration of suspension were allegedly prepared by different staffers.

Hassan said his signatures were forged on the salary bills that were submitted to the district accounts officer.On the other hand, another team by the AGP audited the record where the number of fake transactions rose to 733 from 92 and the embezzled amount from Rs3.4 million to Rs230 million in the last five years.

During the ACE investigation, it was revealed that bank accounts of 91 people were used to withdraw the (embezzled) amount, of which 70 were PC employees while the remaining were private people.

Nominated accused in the case are 105, of them 14 belong to the district accounts office, including two district accounts officers namely Bashir Ahmad and Basit Maqbool Hashmi (former district accounts officer), two senior accounts officers including Bukahri and Dareshak.

Investigation Officer Adnan Asif said that the role of two other senior accounts officers was unearthed during the investigation.

He said that the actual embezzled amount of Rs230 million was mentioned in dismissal orders.

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Date:Dec 21, 2017
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