The appointment of an individual to Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Company as an adviser of the Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare is questioned by the Ministry staff since he was under a special probe of CID in relation to charges against swindling over Rs. 1.4 million in a foreign employment racket.
It is reported that the Minister has instructed the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Company verbally to work with him in sending Sri Lankans for jobs in Caribbean Island hotels.
A spokesman of the company said to Lanka-e-News that this person has charged Rs. 1,450,000 from three Tamil youths to send them for employment in Canada. The company has not vested in powers to him to charge such amounts that the company does not charge for foreign employment. According to investigations so far, it is revealed that he has charged money from around 20 persons with the promise to send them to a Caribbean Island called Turks and Caicos. However, none of them have been sent abroad yet.
When the youths asked him to give back their money, he threatened to hand over them to police branding them as LTTE supporters. Later the victims complained to the CID and a probe is now underway. Meanwhile, CID has recorded a statement from Sri Lanka foreign Employment Company Chairman N.M. Saheed also. He said to Lanka-e-News that the statement was in relation to the above mentioned person. He further said that the directors of the company have decided to pay back the money charged by him in installments.
When asked if Mel has been appointed to the company as an adviser, Mr. Saheed said that he asked from the General Manager of the company if such appointment had been made and the latter answered in negative although Mani de Mel appears as an adviser of the Minister.