Millions that fell on the head of a poor Pakistani ruined his lifeBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/millions-that-fell-on-the-head-of-a-poor-pakistani-ruined-his-life
Unexpected wealth that has suddenly fallen on your head does not always make a person happy. An illiterate Pakistani who has been selling ice cream on the street all his life had the opportunity to make sure of this. On his bank account, "there were" exorbitant amounts that the police were interested in.
Source: The Guardian
A 52-year-old ice cream vendor from Pakistan, Muhammad Abdul Qadir, who was summoned to the Federal Investigation Agency and told that he was the owner of 2.3 billion rubles. rupees. The amount equivalent to $238 million, unfortunately or fortunately, had nothing to do with the ice cream maker, except that it was in a bank account issued in his name.
The underground millionaire was identified as a result of a large-scale investigation conducted by the Pakistani authorities in the case of laundering large sums of money. Abdul Qadir was not the only anonymous rich man – in total, the special services identified 77 accounts with impressive balances, even taking into account the eastern scope, opened for people with low incomes.
Billions of Pakistani rupees were transferred annually to deposits of people who did not know about their real incomes, living, literally, half-starved.
Muhammad Abdul Qadir, at the first interview with the investigators, said that he did not know about the existence of a bank account. The ice cream maker's identification card was used to formalize the contract with the bank, but he himself could hardly sign the documents for the simple reason that he is illiterate.
The man also said that owning billions of rupees, he definitely would not live in slums and sell ice cream. Abdul earned his living all his life by honest work, which earned him 500 rupees a day, which is only 4 US dollars.
Even a simple move around his native area has become a real torture for a man – people stare at him as a tourist attraction and are constantly showered with ridicule. The merchant's mother is a woman at a very advanced age, also deprived of peace now. She is afraid that the news about the account with a large sum will attract the attention of criminal elements, so she asks her son not to leave the house.