Scam of sending dollars abroad on the pretext of importing goods!
The CID notified the court yesterday (31) that a broad investigation into this matter had been initiated.
The CID’s Illegal Assets and Liabilities Division has filed a complaint in court alleging fraudulent remittances of over US $ 12 million (12,65,882) notes worth over Rs. 250 million (2,58,239,928) has been transmitted to other countries.
Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika C. Ragala ordered the Controller of Immigration and Emigration to impose travels ban on two persons, including the main suspect in the case.
The CID had initiated the investigation based on a complaint lodged by the Director General of Customs G.V. Ravipriya.
The CID informed the court that although the US dollars in Sri Lanka were sent abroad under the pretext of importing various goods, the suspects had not imported any goods into the country.
So what happened to the relevant US dollars? The CID officials also informed the court that an investigation is being conducted under the Money Laundering Act to find out.