Remanded in custody was a woman who had obtained more than Rs. 5 million in financial fraud from a group of people under the pretense of offering them jobs in Malaysia on a tourist visa.
Suspicion about a group’s travel documents that had arrived at the Katunayake Airport on December 4 in order to enter Malaysia on a tourist visa led to the woman’s detention.
The party was further questioned by representatives of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) at the airport, during which it emerged that they intended to enter Malaysia on tourist visas in order to look for work.
Further inquiries into the situation revealed that a woman in Tangalle had stolen the cash and arranged for their travel visa.
The woman was supposed to be arrested after SLBFE investigation officials went to her home, but it was alleged that she escaped. After then, the cops told the woman’s son to come see them at the SLBFE office in conjunction with the inquiry.
The woman then turned herself in to the SLBFE along with her husband and was taken into custody. She was held at the Thalangama Police Station for questioning before being brought before the judge and placed in custody until December 13th.
At the court hearing, the suspect had made a commitment to repay the victims for the money she had stolen from them.