Indian ecommerce company, Flipkart has filed a criminal complaint against one its employee and one of its major suppliers, MRPL, over allegations of cheating, fraud, forgery, and breach of trust, ET tech reported.
According to the complaint, Flipkart had entered into a contract with Ahmedabad-based supplier MacroWagon Retail (MRPL) and its director to import and supply certain genuine products including Skechers shoes, which were to be sold by Flipkart India to sellers on its platform.
Flipkart, through a third-party forensic audit, found out that MRPL along with the Flipkart employee, designated to liaise with MRPL, indulged in the act of importing sub-standard products at a lower price while continuing to charge it at the rate agreed upon for genuine goods, the report said, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.
As per the report, the fraud also extended to other expenses incurred like excise, customs, and taxes, which were paid by Flipkart. Further, the Flipkart employee had also allegedly falsified bills, invoices and other accounting documents to conceal the fraud.
Flipkart, MRPL and Skechers were not available for comment while the employee against whom the complaint has been filed could not be reached out for comment.
This development traces its beginning to last year when reports of counterfeit products being sold on ecommerce platforms first surfaced when Skechers, with the help of court-appointed local commissioners, raided seven warehouses of the sellers in Delhi and Ahmedabad and discovered more than 15,000 pairs of fake Skechers shoes. Following this, the company filed cases against Flipkart and four of its sellers in the Delhi High Court.