CID tells Magistrate: Nine more involved in VAT scam
COLOMBO: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) probing the
massive VAT racket at the Inland Revenue Department yesterday told
Colombo Fort Magistrate and Additional District Judge Namal Balalle that
they are looking for nine more leading businessmen who are alleged to
have been involved in the huge rip-off.
The seven suspects including a Senior Officer attached to the Inland
Revenue Department remanded earlier in connection with the racket were
yesterday further remanded till February 21.
The suspects are Gnanasiri Soysa Jayatilleke, Senior officer attached
to the Inland Revenue Department, Colombo businessman Sinnaiah
Subramanaiam, Mohamed Hussain, Mohamed Milshan, W. Ambepitiya of the
Inland revenue Department and lading businessman Ashrof Hadjir.
The suspects were not produced before court yesterday for security
The CID commenced investigations on a complaint by the Inland Revenue
Department based on a report submitted to the Inland Revenue Department
by the Auditor-General in connection with the criminal misappropriation
of Rs.357,72,868 accruing from VAT.
The CID told court that they have perused the forged documents
forwarded to the Inland Revenue Department to release the VAT funds from
the Department. The investigations also revealed that the senior officer
of the Inland Revenue Department had authorised the VAT funds to be
released to the businessmen without perusing the relevant documents.
The money had been obtained from the Inland Revenue Department on
several forged national identity cards. Twenty NICs have been submitted
to the Inland Revenue Department but 19 of them were forged, the
Presidentâ€™s Counsel M.L.M. Ameen, Presidentâ€™s Counsel Mohan Peiris,
Kalinga Indatissa with K.V. Thavarasa, M. Biswa, Shiraz Noordeen and
Prasanna Weerasekera appeared for the suspects.