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Mastermind arrested for fraud using fake work orders

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Published: 13:40, 10 July 2024

Mastermind arrested for fraud using fake work orders

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested a man accused of duping individuals out of crores of taka through fraudulent work orders. Sarwar Hasan, 40, identified as the mastermind behind the scam, was arrested based on a tip-off, confirmed CID’s Special Superintendent of Police (Media) Azad Rahman during a briefing on Wednesday (10 July) at CID headquarters in Dhaka.

Sarwar was taken into custody on July 2, under the supervision of Dhaka Metro-North Special Superintendent of Police Chhatradhar Tripura, and under the direction of CID Chief Additional IGP Mohammad Ali Mia. Sarwar is the main accused in a money laundering case filed on October 5, 2023, with Banani Police Station and had been a fugitive for a considerable period.

Investigations revealed that Sarwar had ordered Md. Abdul Hannan, the proprietor of Zahura Auto Rice Mills, to produce 2,400 tons of rice using counterfeit purchase orders and documents presented as from Sena Kalyan Sangstha. From September 13 to October 4, 2021, Sarwar received the rice from Hannan and transported the consignments in a rented car emblazoned with a “Sena Kalyan Sangstha” banner. Instead of delivering the rice to Sena Kalyan Sangstha, Sarwar’s associates, Md. Abdur Rashid and Mohammad Anwar Hossain, stored the rice, subsequently repackaging them with different bags and logos.

CID sources indicated that Sarwar is a professional fraudster. Another case has been filed against Sarwar with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station.