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CBI claims: Fraudsters changed Aadhaar data to withdraw PF funds, then rigged 1.83 crores; one arrested

Pankaj Prasad
Provident Fund Fraud
Provident Fund Fraud

The CBI said that Delhi-based mastermind Priyanshu Kumar allegedly hatched the fraud with the help of his gang, where he allegedly targeted people whose Aadhaar cards were not linked to their PF accounts.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a man who allegedly used to falsify Aadhaar card details to withdraw Provident Fund (PF) of innocent people through online claims. Officials gave this information on Monday.

They said that Delhi-based mastermind Priyanshu Kumar allegedly hatched the fraud with the help of his gang, where he allegedly targeted people whose Aadhaar cards were not linked to their PF accounts.

The CBI has alleged that 11 members of the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) were targeted through 39 fraudulent claims and defrauded of Rs 1.83 crore. The agency registered a case against seven establishments and unknown persons on February 8, 2022 on the complaint of Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) related to alleged fraudulent activities related to identity theft with the aim of illegally withdrawing funds from PF accounts of genuine beneficiaries Was.

It is alleged that the gang allegedly registered establishments in various cities like Nagpur, Aurangabad, Patna, Ranchi wherein PF coverage was taken online without any manual verification. The agency said that during investigation it was revealed that the Unique Account Numbers (UANs) linked to these establishments were much higher than the total number of contributory accounts.

Their modus operandi was that the accused allegedly registered UANs of genuine employees in their establishments, showing them as their employees for only one day - the same date of joining and exit was shown in the system.