The government-run Social Security Institution (SGK) has fined the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen TL 155,594 [$44,202] over alleged forgery in his premium payments between 1981 and 1990.

According to Turkish media, SGK filed an investigation into Gülen’s payments into the social security system after he quitted the state-run Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) in 1981.

The former preacher at Diyanet, Gülen worked as a redactor at a private firm named Nil A.Ş. and paid his premiums until he was retired on Feb. 1, 1990. SGK claimed that the company in question was not in the publication business and the position Gülen used to work there was not an active duty.

SGK fined Gülen TL 155,594 [TL 45,047 accounts for legal interest].

The scholar, whom the government pinned the blame on for a failed coup on July 15, was earlier deprived of his pensions and other social security rights.

Gülen denies any involvement in accusations.