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A woman from Delhi’s Uttam Nagar has been arrested for allegedly using her neighbour’s signatures to withdraw Rs 3.62 lakhs- they both happen to have same names as well as same address- the police said on Friday.

According to the FIR, the accused, Anita Devi, befriended the neighbour, practised copying her signature, and even managed to get an ATM card from her bank. A total of Rs 3.62 lakhs was withdrawn from the account, in Punjab National Bank’s Kakrola More branch, before the woman was apprehended.

The woman had applied for a cheque book and an ATM card in February, but she never received any courier from the bank, the police said.

After the investigation, it was revealed that the courier boy had mistakenly delivered the cheque book and the ATM card to another woman, who shared the same name and address, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said.

The accused was arrested earlier this week when she approached the bank.

Not only signatures, the 49-year-old  accused also changed the complaint’s mobile number that was attached to her account, the officer said.

Initially, the accused had submitted a cheque for Rs 50,000 through a forged signature. When it got clearance, she did four more withdrawals and also got another passbook, Alphonse said.

“When the accused realised the error, she decided to play along instead of returning the cheque book to its rightful owner,” the DCP added.

She withdrew around Rs 97,000 from the ATM card and also spent Rs 15,000 on shopping.

The police were informed and a case was registered at Mohan Garden police station.

“We alerted the bank officials about the police case. So, when the suspect visited the bank on Tuesday for some work related to her neighbour’s account, the officials informed us,” said the DCP. “The woman quickly returned all the money to the victim’s account to escape legal action, but we are pressing charges,” the officer added.


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