The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Md Mesbah Uddin Ahmed — a former tax official in Khulna zone — on charge of embezzling Tk3.47 crore.
An ACC team apprehended Mesbah on Wednesday evening from his Khulna city residence upon permission of the divisional tax office.
The case statement says the former assistant tax commissioner of Bagerhat circle misappropriated the money, collected from taxpayers, instead of depositing to the state coffer.
On May 27, Deputy Tax-Commissioner of Khulna Zone Khondoker Mohammad Tarifuddin lodged a lawsuit with the Khulna metropolitan court.
The court directed the Police Bureau of Investigation to look into the case. Previously on May 19, Khulna tax office temporarily suspended the accused – Mesbah.
According to the case statement, Mesbah collected taxes from Bagerhat, Khulna and Mongla circles from May 8, 2017 to November 8, 2018.
He deposited total Tk34,734,419 to his own account with the Bagerhat branch of the Sonali Bank instead of sending it to the state coffer.
The former tax official drew the amount by 40 cheques and misappropriated it.