Jobs swindler surrenders when about to be apprehended

by Madura Ranwala

A fugitive, who evaded arrest for five months after swindling about 56 persons, to the tune of forty million rupees, promising them lucrative jobs overseas, surrendered when he was about to be apprehended by a special investigation unit of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), a spokesman for SLBFE said yesterday.

The racketeer, who had been a resident of Maharagama, had operated in the guise of an employment agency owner, using the name of an agency whose licence had been cancelled in 2011.

Despite the legal bar, the swindler had been running the business under the same name at Liyanagemulla in Seeduwa while promising jobs with very attractive salaries in Cyprus, Israel, Malaysia etc., spokesman said.

A total of 56 complaints had been received by the Bureau against the job agency and forty million rupees had been allegedly swindled by the suspect from those victims, he said.

The team of officers of the special unit had tried to nab the racketeer in Negombo on a tip off but he had evaded the arrest and surrendered to Magistrate’s Court in Negombo. He was remanded till May 11.

Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment request all those who had been victimized by this suspect to make complaints to the nearest police station as soon as possible.


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