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FIA arrests accused involved in illegal access to remittance information of ABL

FIA arrests accused involved in illegal access to remittance information of ABL

RAWALPINDI: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cyber crime circle arrested accused Mohammad Arslan who is involved in illegal unlawful and unauthorized access to the remittance information of Allied Bank Limited (ABL).

According to the details, consequent upon conclusion of Enquiry No: RE-716/2019, it transpired that Muhammad Arslan son of Muhammad Mukhtar having CNIC No. 61101-9556148-7 is involved in illegal, unlawful and unauthorized access to the remittance information system of Allied Bank Limited (ABL) with the intention for wrongful gain, through which the PIN Code 0453881732889 and remitter details (name of real beneficiary Arif Mehmood and amount Rs305,000) of the online remittance transaction of ABL was stolen and shared/ transmitted/ used to fraudulently, illegally, un-authorizely and deceitfully withdraw money of Rs305,000/ (three lacs and five thousand only) from the bank, by impersonating as the real beneficiary i-e. Arif Mehmood.

The above accused is found involved in preparing/ displaying/exhibiting fake and forged identity of the beneficiary, Arif Mehmood, of online remittance transaction, using the identity information without authorization, for the purpose of fraud and cheating.

During the course of enquiry, sufficient incriminating evidences came on record against the accused person for his involvement in commission of subject offenses, causing loss to the tune of Rs305,000/ (three lacs and five thousand only) to Arif Mehmood.

In view of the aforementioned facts, a case u/s 3, 13 & 14 of PECA-2016 r/w 419, 420, 468, 471,109 PPc was made out against the accused person, Muhammad Arslan son of Muhammad Mukhtar having CNIC No. 61101-9556148-7.

The accused person, Muhammad Arsalan was arrested on 07-01-2019 and after physical remand of 08 days, he was sent to judicial lock-up Rawalpindi on 15-01-2020. During investigation, electronic gadgets including laptop, hard-drive and USB etc, which was under the use of the accused person, Muhammad Arsalan, was taken into the possession through seizure memo.

A cash amount of Rs90000 (stamped of ABL Gujjar Khan), which was fraudulently withdrawn from ABL Gujjar Khan Branch, by impersonating as the real beneficiary (Shabbir Ahmed Jiraal) was also recovered from the accused person.

During interrogation, the accused Muhammad Arsalan admitted that he is involved in illegal and unauthorized withdrawal of money from Taxila branch, Gujjar Khan branch, Kahuta branch and Muzaffarabad branch of ABL.

He stated that he was provided with the beneficiary detail, forged CNIC and confidential PIN Code of the remittance amounts by a person, namely, Umar Akhtar.

On 16-01-2020, the co-accused person, Umar Akhtar (ex-cashier ABL) and his accomplice, Jawad Ahmed were arrested and three days physical remand was obtained from the learned court. Mobile phones, and receipts of cash deposited in different bank accounts, were also recovered from the co-accused persons, which was taken into the possession through seizure memo.

The seized electronic equipment were sent to the Forensic Laboratory of CCRC Rawalpindi for conducting forensic analysis. Forensic report is still awaited.

The case is under investigation and further progress will be made in light of the digital/documentary evidences and interrogation from the accused persons.