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CHENNAI: One person was convicted by a city court on Wednesday for attempting to cheat the Union government by preparing fake freedom fighter pension orders.
According to sources in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), P. Christopher prepared five fake freedom fighter pension orders in 2000-2001 and posted them directly to the Pay & Accounts Office (Pension & Misc.), Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.
One of the orders was made in favour of Christopher's associate J. Benedict. The latter applied to the government for pension by using the fake order. The fraud was detected and based on a complaint the CBI registered a case against both the persons.
During the course of trial, Benedict died of illness and the charges against him were abated. The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R. Rajasingh Handal Devadoss who heard the case, sentenced Christopher to six months rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs.6,000, the sources added.
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