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Mumbai Woman Promoted During Pandemic Steals Rs 31 Lakh from Employer, Arrested: Report

A Mumbai-based human resource manager, who was promoted during the coronavirus pandemic for her exceptional performance in that period, was arrested by the local police on Monday after she allegedly stole Rs 31 lakh from her employer, an Indian Express report said.

Rajani Sharma had been employed with city-based businessman Mehul Sanghvi’s garment firm since 2018. A complaint filed by him reportedly said that during the pandemic, the woman was given additional responsibility and asked to take charge of the accounts department after all employees working in that division quit the organisation.

Sanghvi found Sharma qualified enough to handle dual responsibilities and even said that, at the time, he trusted her more than anyone else in the company. He also shared the organisation’s accounts and bank details with the password with her to ensure work continued even in his absence.

Police said that Sanghvi also shared his email address and password with Sharma to get one-time passwords on email to complete the transactions. In September, when a member of the accounts department was filing the Income Tax Returns, the person discovered some suspicious transactions which led to a deeper investigation.

A closer look at the past transactions displayed dubious financial irregularities worth Rs 31 lakh. The transactions revealed that money was transferred to a joint bank account, under Sharma and her mother’s name.

After Sanghvi filed the complaint, local police officials filed a case against Sharma under two different sections of the law and later arrested her for stealing the money from the company accounts.

Source: Money Control