A person in connection with large scam of diverting money from American bank account holders via online has been arrested at the Katunayake International Airport. He is alleged of accessing the accounts of persons in the United States via the online and withdrawing money from those accounts to Sri Lankan accounts electronically and transferring them back to a person of Sri Lankan origin in the United States.
The suspect was arrested by CID officers on his way to Dubai, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
It is said that he has been arrested for crediting Rs. 86 million undeclared money to the suspect’s account.The suspect is a 39 year old resident of Pavanasakulam, Kinya, Trincomalee.
The Police Media Spokesman further stated,
During the first months of the first quarter of 2020, Rs. 1,440 million was remitted from the United States to a private bank in Sri Lanka. It was sent by a person of Sri Lankan origin residing in the United States. They access the accounts of individuals in the United States via the Internet and electronically transfer money from those accounts to the accounts of individuals in Sri Lanka. People in Sri Lanka who receive the money will be sent back the money as it is sent from Sri Lanka. Account holders in Sri Lanka also receive a large amount. ”
The arrested suspect is due to be produced before court today (02) and the CID is conducting further investigations.