Chattogram Custom House has filed two cases against five people involved with two fake companies for laundering around Tk13 crore to Singapore in the name of importing goods.
Two customs inspectors Sheikh Manjurul Islam and Prashad Kumar Mandal filed the cases with Bandar police station on Friday, however, the matter was disclosed on Sunday morning.
According to custom officials, two consignments of cigarettes were impounded from a Singapore based company named Shiridhari International declaring different kinds of textile goods and machineries in May 2018.
Officials said that the alleged companies sent around Tk11.50 lakh through banking channel showing the prices of the consignments while rest of the money was laundered to Singapore.
Investigators from Bangladesh Bank Financial Intelligence Unit and the National Board of Revenue found that a company named Gram Bangla Food Corporation of Paltan, Dhaka, laundered Tk4.5 crore while another M/S N Islam Enterprise of Dhanmondi laundered Tk8.5 crore in the name of the import with a false declaration.
Custom officials found no real existence of the companies during their investigation.
The cases were filed against five people ¬–Dewan Bulbul Islam, Nur Alam Mamun, Awlad Chowdhury, Abdul Bari and Kabir Hossain – who were involved in the laundering.
“These companies have no existence. We have filed cases against five people who deposit the money in the banks and carried out the other procedures,” said Nur Uddin Milon, assistant commissioner of Chattogram Custom House.
“We have found the involvement of South Bangla Agriculture and Commerce Bank Limited of Dhanmondi branch with N Islam Enterprise and Bank Asia’s Uttara Branch with Gram Bangla Corporation. We will file a case against the responsible bank officials,” he added.