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In Pune, life-term convict dupes Yerawada jail of Rs 26.7 lakh – Times of India

PUNE: The Yerawada central prison authorities have lodged a complaint with the city police accusing a prisoner serving a life sentence of duping them of Rs 26.7 lakh by forging signatures of officials and making false entries in a register related to money orders sent by inmates’ families since 2021.
Sachin Fulsundar, a convict in a rape and attempted murder case registered with the Narayangaon police in rural Pune, has been booked for cheating and forgery under relevant section of the Indian Penal Code, said a senior jail official.
He has been lodged at the Yerawada central prison since May 21, 2006. A sessions court here had convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment in 2009.
Jail superintendent Sunil Dhamal on Saturday told TOI, “Fulsundar is a native of Mokasbaugh in Junnar taluka near Pune. He was assigned the role of a sanitation staffer tasked with loading/unloading goods in the prison industry. He used to visit the justice department, where a register for money orders sent by the near and dear ones of inmates is maintained to help the inmates meet their daily expenses.”
Dhamal said, “Fulsundar got friendly with the jail personnel and gained access to the register. He allegedly started tampering with the register by making false entries and forging the signatures of officials.” Fulsundar used the money to make purchases at the jail canteen. He also purchased goods from the canteen and sold them to other inmates and collected money from them. The fraud came to light after jail officials received reliable information that he was involved in tampering with the register, Dhamal said.
The jail superintendent said, “We analysed the CCTV cameras and monitored the movement of the convict and came to know that he used to visit the justice department, gained access to the register and often carried it to his barracks where he forged the signature of officials. He later returned the register to the justice department on some pretext or the other.”
A preliminary inquiry revealed that Fulsundar allegedly reduced the money order amount in the register, and deposited the difference in the amount in his name, causing a collective fraud of Rs 26,69,911. “He also falsely claimed to have received money orders in the names of inmates, who never received any money orders,” the jail superintendent said.
Fulsundar has admitted his involvement in the crime, Dhamal said.
Sub-inspector Ashok Kate of the Yerawada police said, “The jail officials have not submitted a copy of the money order register and an inquiry report at the time of lodging the complaint. We have requested them to provide us with the necessary documents. A call for taking action against the convict will be taken after analysing the documents and seeking legal opinion.”

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