A Court has sentenced eight executives of a textile firm and a chartered accountant to three years’ imprisonment for cheating a bank of more than Rs 13 crore.

Between 1994 and 2000, the convicted accused prepared forged invoices, bills of exchange, lorry receipts, export orders/contracts and other documents and submitted them to Bank of Baroda, Bhadra Branch, Ahmedabad.”On the basis of these documents, the bank granted them export packing credit, letter of credit, foreign bill discounting and inland bill discounting facilities to the tune of Rs 13.51 crore,” the court order reads.

“The funds were never utilized for the purchase of raw material and instead drawn in favor of eight shell firms,” the order stated.The Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case in the matter.”The accused later entered into a one-time settlement with the bank and repaid Rs 25 crore. In this settlement, the accused admitted to the outstanding liability. It itself showed that they were guilty of cheating the bank,” the CBI said.

The court held that considering the nature of “white collar crime,” the one-time settlement and repayment of Rs 25 crore and the accused being senior citizens, they were liable to be sentenced to three years’ jail term under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 467 (forgery), among others.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Esplanade court) Jaywant C Yadav found the accused guilty of cheating, forgery and other relevant offences under the Indian Penal Code on July 31.

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