Income tax department cracks refund scam, 200 techies return tax money


Hyderabad: In a fraudulent move, at least 200 techies, including from Polaris Hyderabad faked disability and chronic illness of family members in order to claim income tax refund. A chargesheet regarding the same has been filed by the Hyderabad Central Crime Station (CSS) sleuths in the city criminal court.

CCS sleuths found that two income tax practitioners processed the questionable I-T refund claims, after investigating the complaint filed by income tax department Deputy Director M Mohan Babu.

CCS Assistant Commissioner of Police K Ram Kumar said, in an ingenious method of making a quick buck, two income tax practitioners N Srikanth Goud (43) a law degree holder and Mohammed Khaleel (34) a commerce graduate, with their offices at Venkateswara Colony in Dilshuknagar, got in touch with employees of software companies and offered to help them get I-T refund. CCS police has arrested these two practitioners and filed a chargesheet in the 12th additional chief metropolitan magistrate court at Nampally.

All the techies were made witnesses in the case as they repaid the amount they claimed after the I-T department served notices on them, Kumar added.

Explaining the modus operandi of the fraud, investigating officer Ram Kumar said, “Under Section 80 D and 80 DD of the Income Tax Act, refund can be claimed on medical grounds. The two accused approached IT employees and offered to process their claims to get tax refund by stating that their family members are patients of chronic illness. Each one of them got a rebate ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The accused took around 10 per cent commission from the IT employees. The total loss to the I-T department in these cases is Rs 1.36 crore. This is said to be only the tip of the iceberg. There could be several practitioners across the city and many employees resorting to this type of fraud. Police said the accused have been resorting to this type of cheating for the past five to six years.

Out of the 200 employees, 50 are from Polaris,” said Ram Kumar. The complaint was first filed on July 19, 2017. Charges were filed under section 420 IPC (cheating) and 406 IPC (criminal breach of trust) against the two practitioners.

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