Smartcard attendance system put a spoke in her five-year-long scam

A Human Resource manager of a garment company in Begur has been accused of pocketing Rs. 50 lakh by creating payrolls of a dozen non-existent employees.

Though the accused managed to hoodwink the company for the past five years, the incident came to light after she resigned and disappeared when the company introduced smartcard attendance system.

Based on the complaint filed by the company, the Madiwala police have taken up a case and are on the lookout for the accused, who is absconding.

According to the police, Saraswati had joined Quality Leather Garments on Begur Road in 2008. She had been assigned to create employee records, manage muster rolls and disburse salary to the employees.

Taking advantage of this, Saraswathi allegedly created 12 fake employees and started drawing their salaries regularly.

In January this year, the company switched over to electronic attendance system from conventional method of signing the register.

It is suspected that Saraswathi resigned from the job because she feared she would get caught. She sent her resignation letter via email, requesting the management to settle her dues.

Considering her request, the management had even cleared her PF and other dues and handed over the charge to another employee.

The scam came to light when the new appointee in her place verified the company’s records and brought it to the notice of the management.

The management tried to contact Saraswati, but she was out of reach.

The Madiwala police have taken up a case against Saraswathi and efforts are on to track her down.

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