A prospective job seeker was duped to the tune of Rs. 17 million by a person on the pretext of finding him employment in France, the Mt. Lavinia Magistrates Court was told.
The money has been obtained in stages.
In this case a married woman named Ragu Sarojini a resident of Canal Bank Wellawatte in her complaint to CI Cyril Wijesekera stated that her husband Sadacharam Ragu who was unemployed was told by a friend of her husband named Kandipan who was domiciled abroad, to meet suspect named Thangasrasa at Sobi Communication Centre. At the meeting suspect Thangarasa had initially solicited Rs. 190, 000 and a further USD 2000 in travellers cheques to send Ragu to France. Thangarasa had also taken over Ragu s Passport and his photo. Thangarasa had further instructed him to pose as one Balasingham Pannir Singham before intimating to him that the trip to France was via Jordan. At the Jordan Airport he was told that he could not proceed to France. Meanwhile Thangarasa told the complainant that her husband had reached France and obtained Rs. 100,000.
Ragu was deported from Jordan before he was arrested by the CID at the Air Port. He was kept under custody at the Negombo Prison for a period of three months before being released on bail. When the complainant had requested her money back, the suspect had refused telling her that Ragu could be be sent to Italy under his true Passport. For this purpose the suspect had solicited and obtained Rs.150, 000 from her again at the same communication centre.
Ragu was told that the trip to Italy was via Dubai. A woman known as Farida has phoned the complainant and requested her to deposit Rs. 150,000 in her account. To meet her request the complainant had borrowed Rs. 120,000 from her brother who was in UK.
Magistrate Harsha Setunge directed Police to conduct further investigations.