Nagpur: A woman and her male friend have been arrested by Sitabuldi police for allegedly duping a blood bank at Ramdaspeth of Rs60 lakh. The accused have been identified as Sonali William (32), a resident of Mecosabagh, and Shailesh Dhakate (35), a resident of Yogeshwar Nagar, Dighori.
Complaint was filed by blood bank director Harish Varabhe when he came to know about the fraud a few days ago. Both the accused have confessed to committing the fraud, said police. Police said Williams was working with the blood bank for past five years while Dhakate is employed there for ten years. Varabhe had handed over the responsibility of finance to both.
The bank's rules say that they provide blood either free or take nominal charges. Police said since June 2013 to January this year, Williams and Dhakate would charge Rs5,000 from a patient and would show entry of Rs3,000 in the accounts book. In the past three years, both duped the blood bank of Rs60 lakh.
The matter came to light when other employees of the bank noticed lifestyle changes in Williams and Dhakate. Williams had started doing online shopping while Dhakate bought a bungalow and even purchased a bike. Later, Varabhe observed discrepancy in the accounts book and found both guilty after preliminary internal investigation.