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Five nabbed for defrauding migrant worker savings

ECONOMYNEXT – Five suspects were arrested in Kirulapone on Sunday (26) for allegedly defrauding migrant workers of their savings, police said.

The suspects had fraudulently obtained money from the bank accounts of a number of migrant workers through a bogus online loan scheme that offered concessional interest rates to migrant workers, a statement issued by the police media division said today.

The suspects had sent promotional text messages to the migrant workers informing them of the loan scheme and obtained their bank details, after which they had successfully withdrawn from those accounts.

The arrests were made by Kirulapona police following a complaint made by a woman claiming that Rs 500,000 was fraudulently withdrawn from her account by those  involved in the online loan scheme.

Police said the suspects are aged 30, 38, 39 and 46 and are residents of Pitabaddara, Narahenpita and Wellampitiya.

It was also found that these suspects were allegedly involved in preparing forged documents and fake driving licenses.

A number of items were taken into custody by the police following the arrests, including a laptop that was allegedly used to forge driving licenses, some ATM cards, an instrument used to laminate the fake driving licenses, 925 cards used to print fake driving licenses, two fake rubber stamps, 61 fake driving licenses, five international driving licenses and two vehicles allegedly used by the suspects for illegal activities.

The suspects were to be produced before Aluth Kade Magistrate yesterday, police said, adding that Kirulapona police is conducting further investigations. (Colombo/July28/2020)

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