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Monday, February 16, 2015, Falgun 4, 1421 BS, Robi-Us-Sani 26, 1436 Hijr

BD student in US faces false allegations of causing financial loss
Staff Correspondent
Published : Monday, 16 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 28
A Bangladeshi young software engineer is allegedly being harassed by a Bangladeshi 'fraud' living in the United State of America (USA) through different ways, demanding five million US dollars.
Alan Rahman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Capital, a New York based software developing firm, is continuously threatening software engineer Monir U Zaman and demanding more than five million US dollars for allegedly harming his company's reputation, hurting employees and  using company's intellectual properties, like framework, data, support and tools for his own benefit.
According to the documents collected by this correspondent, on January 24 last, Alan sent an email to Monir accusing that the later caused a significant amount of loss and created other unrecoverable damages.
He also alleged that Monir could not deliver his works timely and properly.
''We will file a police report in USA and file a lawsuit against you (Monir) in New York Civil Court and send a copy to the USA Embassy in Dhaka,'' he threatened through his official email address.
On receiving the copies of Alan's accusations, Monir, who once stayed in the New York for his higher education in the USA, responded by reminding Alan that he was never employed by Alan's company and there was no question of causing any damages to his company.
Talking to this correspondent, Monir alleged that once he worked for the company on daily wages and Alan never put him under his company pay roll only to deprive him from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax, the US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement.
Rejecting the allegations that Alan made, Monir claimed, that he helped Alan to develop his project called 'Theme Forest'. Monir returned to Bangladesh on July 22 last year.
Monir also claimed that he used to advice the three of Alan's employees of the project in Dhaka on voluntarily basis.
"I was never issued any appointment letter from the company," Monir claimed saying, "My work with Alan's project here was completely voluntary."
About the alleged fraudulence, Monir, former BRAC student, said,'' During my works with Atlantis, I was deprived of the agreed wages."
"I used to work six to seven a days a week, which was more than 66 hours per week and according to the local law, maximum working hour is 40 hours a week. But I have worked 26 hours extra as overtime without getting extra payment," said Monir.
"My hourly pay rate was $7.57 whereas New York State's minimum wage was $8.75 per hour in that period. Thus based on the minimum wages Alan's company still owes me $ 1,24,56."
Monir conitued, "Under such circumstances, Alan is claiming huge mount of money for harassing me with many false allegations. Saimon Hossain and Muhit Rahman, two software engineers who are currently working for the Akronyms Inc at a rented house in Banani in the city,
Asked how he was paid by Alan Rahman, Monir admitted that his representative paid them on behalf of Alan. About the allegations, this correspondent first contacted Alan by email on February 9 last but till filing of this report Alan did not respond.

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