Those responsible are O.M. Premaratne of Travel House Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., High Level Road, Maharagama and Indika Menan Jayasuriya of no. 68, Keells Homes, Pinwatte, Panadura.
They had started the racket in 2008 and after advertising, they held a meeting at the Foreign Employment Bureau’s Kurunegala office. It was attended by the then labour minister Athauda Seneviratne, chief minister Athula Wijesinghe and the two persons mentioned above. Participants were made to believe they were to be given jobs with the assistance of the government.
They were told the jobs would be given through Travel House Lanka and Canada’s Keyam institute and that the job seekers would be given training, including in English language.
The 74 persons deposited Rs. 800,000 each at account no. 3857XXX of the Bank of Ceylon branch at Maharagama. But, none were given jobs in Canada. When they inquired from Premaratne, he told them that Jayasuriya had gone to Canada taking all the money with him. The duo had shared the money in the bank account.
The CID is presently taking steps through diplomatic channels to get Canada to deport Jayasuriya to Sri Lanka. It received a complaint on 09.12.2011. The fraudsters had been harboured by politicians. The cheated persons allege Athaudala Seneviratne too, is involved in it.