Four held for CGHS fraud

New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Four persons, including apharmacist, were arrested here on charges of fraudulentlyprocuring medicines worth Rs 18 lakh meant to be distributedunder a government scheme and selling it in open market,police said today.

The gang, led by the pharmacist, allegedly gotdocuments of at least 47 beneficiaries from the database of''Central Government Health Scheme'' (CGHS) and fraudulently gotmedicines issued under their cards.

The arrested have been identified as Attar Singh (46),a pharmacist in a CGHS dispensary in Nanak Pura, Satish Kumar(40), Sanjeev Kumar (40) and Manoj Kumar (27), DeputyCommissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

"Medicines procured by the gang were then sold at 50per cent of the prescribed rates. For more than 18 months,Singh has been running this racket. He has caused a loss overmore than Rs 18 lakh to the exchequer.

"He himself claims to have made more than Rs 8-10 lakhwhich he says that he has invested in property," Chand said.

Started in 1954, the CGHS provides comprehensivehealth care facilities for beneficiaries, including centralgovernment employees, pensioners and MPs, residing in 25cities across the country.

Medicines with a stamp ''CGHS supply not for sale''worth Rs one lakh, 47 CGHS cards, seven stamps of doctors ofAIIMS and Safdarjung Hospitals and 29 OPD cards of variousspecialist hospitals were recovered from them.

"They were arrested from Gole Market on Wednesday on atip off," Chand said.

"Singh got access to CGHS data bank and found out thenames of the card holders who had not used the card for overthree years. He then procured a fresh card using these data.

"Till date he has got issued 47 such cards from CGHSdispensaries in Nauroji Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Netaji Nagar,Moti Bagh, RK Puram Sectors 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12," Chand said.

Sanjeev then got OPD cards issued from variousgovernment hospitals in the name of the card holder.

Then on the OPD card, Singh allegedly filled in themedicines that he wanted to fraudulently procure from thedispensary and forged signatures of the doctors.

"He used to get the medicines issued in the name ofthe card holder. Manoj was tasked with selling it in themarket. The sticker on the medicine stating ''CGHS supply Notfor Sale'' would be removed and if it was stamped, they wouldscrub it with the help of thinner," Chand said.

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