5 steal from Telangana CM's relief fund, nabbed
Hyderabad: The Telangana CID arrested five more brokers from Karimnagar for embezzling money from the CM’s Relief Fund (CMRF) using fake medical bills and fake patients. The cops found that brokers had embezzled almost Rs 74 lakh from CMRF using the names of around 100 fake patients and forged medical records. The CID had earlier arrested 10 brokers. The arrested brokers are outsourced employees of hospitals and employees of Aarogya Mitra.
The arrested men are Vennampally Rajender, 27, an employee of Datta Sai Pharmacy from the Boinpally mandal of Karimnagar, Singireddy Subhash Reddy, 30, a pharmacy in-charge at KPR Hospital, Karimnagar, Adikoppula Sagar, 29, an employee of Devishetty Hospital, Karimnagar, Moguram Murali Prasad, 27, of Karimnagar and Thoutu Srinivas, 46, from Karimnagar.
The CID scrutinised 11,600 applications received by the Aarogya Sri Health Care Trust (AHCT) for funds. “We also checked the medical records submitted by the applicants. We found that 112 fake bills were submitted from 50 hospitals by brokers in the name of fake patients,” said a senior CID official. “Some brokers prepared fake letterheads of hospitals, collected case sheets of bonafide patients with the help of hospital staff and submitted applications in the name of fake patients,” added the official. Police found that Rs 73,68,572 was fraudulently claimed by brokers using the names of 112 fake patients and fake documents. The CID is likely to to arrest more people in this case.