Following the directives issued by the Director General (DG) Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Punjab chapter for a re-investigation into the ‘Easy Load’ scam, a year since the fraud surfaced, the FIA finally arrested two of the accused in the Rs47.75-million embezzlement case.
After the report submitted by the National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (NR-3C) Punjab chapter revealed that six of the ten accused were released due to a ‘friendly investigation’ and two were still at large, FIA DG Syed Tahsin Anwar Ali Shah ordered a re-investigation into the case on December 13, 2011.
The DG had given the FIA NR-3C Punjab Chapter head a one-month deadline to complete the re-investigation.
The two arrested by FIA were identified as Shahid Iqbal and Shahis Hussain, FIA Additional Director Jawad Qureshi confirmed.
The case FIR was registered on the complaint of Warid Telecom on May 17, 2010 vide Case FIR No 26 U/S 36, 37 ETO-2002 r/w 420,109 PPC at PS FIA NR3C Lahore, in which a fraud of Rs47.75 million was committed in the EVC System of Warid through unauthorised transactions by the Easy Load facility. This fraud was committed by the team of Ericson, Huwavei, some distributors and franchises, said the one-page report sent to the DG FIA.
The nominated accused were identified as Mudassar Saeed (bailed out), Ahmed Bilal Anwar (JC), Usman Ghani (bailed out), Hassan Latif (bailed out), Farhan Ali Qureshi (bailed out), Adeel Hassan (JC), Nabeel Ahmed (bailed out), Irfan Ali (bailed out), Muhammad Ramzan (PO), Ghazanfer Ali (PO).
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2012.