In the ongoing probe into the sensational VAT scam amounting to some Rs. 357 million and probably going up to one billion rupees, an Inland Revenue Department Assistant Commissioner Ananda Wickremesinghe Ambepitiya was yesterday remanded till April 5.
Police detectives told the Colombo Fort magistrate their investigations had revealed that it was this suspect who had signed the payment forms for the VAT refunds.
The CID also informed court that some of the suspects had left the country while some others had gone into hiding.
The investigations were set in motion on a complaint by the Inland Revenue Department based on a report submitted by the Auditor General.
Last week a former deputy commissioner of the department`s VAT refund section and a businessman were remanded till April 5 in connection with what was said to be one of the biggest tax frauds in Sri Lanka if not South Asia.
Their passports were also impounded.