Fake documents using Rajshahi mayor’s name were used to defraud Korean company of $78,893

RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton says

Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton speaks during a press conference at Rajshahi Nagar Bhaban Auditorium on February 16, 2022. Photo: Star

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Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton speaks during a press conference at Rajshahi Nagar Bhaban Auditorium on February 16, 2022. Photo: Star

Forged documents from the Rajshahi City Corporation – with the name of Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton – were used to sign a deal worth $10.12 million to purchase eight fire engines from a southern company -Korean.

The fraudsters used the mayor’s name and defrauded South Korea’s Shinshin Global Company Limited of $78,893.

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Liton, also a member of the Awami League Presidium, revealed the information this afternoon during a press conference at the Rajshahi Nagar Bhaban auditorium.

“We were totally unaware of the deal. We don’t have the authority to sign such a deal with a foreign company,” Liton said, adding that fire engines have never been essential for any municipal corporation in Bangladesh and that there is a separate department for use. these trucks.

He said the municipality has filed a general log in this regard with Boalia Police Station and informed the Cyber ​​Crime Unit of Bangladesh Police and senior government officials.

During the press conference, he gave details with documents about it, reports our personal correspondent of Rajshahi.

In January 2018, Shinshin Engineering Company Limited, an organization of Shinshin Global Company Limited, offered a 100 MW solar power plant in Rajshahi. But discussions on the proposal have not progressed.

Three years later, in December last year, a senior South Korean company official called the company’s engineering adviser, Md Ashraful Haque, to inquire about the purchase of eight fire trucks.

After discussion with the mayor of the municipality, Haque informed the Korean official that he was unaware of the deal.

Then, Shinshin Global Company Limited sent nine documents in which it was found that the fraud company conducted all communications by email, using the mayor’s name.

The documents were fake, which also included a fake passport from the mayor, fake phone numbers, and fictitious names and positions of various municipal corporation officials.

The communications suggested the frauds were using the mayor’s name and asking the South Korean company to send $30,000 to the Philippines and $48,893 to the UK on different dates if the company wanted to secure the 10.12 project. millions of dollars. Shinshin Global Company Limited donated the money, Liton said.

The mayor said the most embarrassing thing for him was that the South Korean company filed a complaint against him at the Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul.

An international circle of fraud could be active to tarnish the image of the mayor, or the corporation of the city of Rajshahi, and of Bangladesh.

“We don’t know yet if the South Korean company officials are involved or if they were defrauded by a third party, but we can assume that international fraud is involved,” said AHM Khairuzzaman Liton.

He also said their internal findings revealed that the digital communications between the crooks and the South Korean company were made from Africa.

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