LTTE credit card fraud kingpin arrested
WELLAWATTE: The mastermind behind the international credit card fraud
for funding the LTTE has been arrested by the Special Task Force (STF)
while conducting a search operation in the Wellawatta area on Friday,
Defence sources said.
The suspect Anandan, alias Neshanadan Muruganandan, was in a super
luxury apartment in Wellawatta at the time he was arrested by the
special police team. He had a large number of Personal Identification
Numbers (PIN) and bank receipts issued by both local and foreign banks,
amounting to over Rs. 100 million, in his possession.
He had cloned credit cards using PIN and card numbers obtained from
unsuspecting cards holders in the United Kingdom. These funds were later
transferred to the LTTE. British Police conducted several raids which
proved that the cloned cards were being used in Sri Lanka to draw funds.