Islamabad: Forgery accused declared absconder
ISLAMABAD: Senior Civil Judge Mahmood Haroon on Saturday declared a forged currency cheques accused absconder for drawing $36,300 from two banks of United States of America (USA).
A First Information Report (FIR) vide 09/10 was registered with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under sections 420/ 467/ 468/ 471 of PPC against Mazhar Ghafoor and Azhar Ghafoor, a resident of Islamabad, over the complaint of a Islamabad-based private bank.
According to FIA, the accused Azhar while maintaining a Pakistani account in a local bank in Pakistan deposited two fake US cheques worth $23,500 and draw $13,800 on Watertown Saving Bank and Frost Bank of USA respectively.
The amount of both cheques was provisionally credited in the account of Azhar, which he withdrawn and misappropriated thereafter. Later, both the cheques were found forged and caused the bank loss of Rs 3.1 m through fraud and forgery committed by the said accused.
The accused Azhar was arrested in April 16 of this year revealed that his real brother namely Mazhar Ghafoor living in Uganda had sent him the alleged forged cheques of USA banks. Azhar said that after encashment of said amount sent to his brother.
During interrogation Azhar further revealed that his brother had returned from Uganda in early 2011 and started living with him as some persons in Uganda had also defrauded him.
According to FIA, the arrest warrant of the accused (Mazhar) had been obtained on July 16 from the court and effort was made for the arrest of accused that could not materialize due to his absence.
On Saturday the FIA requested the court for Mazhar’s proclamation orders under section 87 CrPC and the Senior Civil Judge declared the accused absconder and ordered FIA to arrest him as soon as possible.