Saturday, March 17, 2007

Cashier in Bitola's Pension Fund suspected of fraud

A female comptroller in the Pension Insurance Fund's office in Bitola is suspected of having embezzled roughly 1 million denars.

The police said they have submitted a "special report" to Bitola's prosecutor, documenting six felonies committed by comptroller E. M (54), which include "abuse of power and authorizations" and "counterfeiting of official documents.

In the period of 1998-2006, the suspect made double checks for payment and disability bonuses for several persons. She posted the original check to disability bonus recipients, and later she posted the counterfeit check designated as "post restant". The suspect personally collected the checks from the post office and cashed them there.

The suspect made 145 fake checks, thus inflicting 18.000 euro damage to Pension Insurance Fund.

Makfax correspondent in Bitola contacted the prosecutor's office and he was told that criminal charges and the special report are treated equally as regards reporting a felony.

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