Probe on fraudster family

2 July 2010 09:34 am - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Gandhya Senanayake

Investigations are underway to apprehend three members of the same family who were Directors of an educational institute that had defrauded more than 20 people for over Rs. 2 million in cash promising education and job opportunities abroad.


The trio, a father, son and daughter were directors of the “Elizabeth Institute of Higher studies (Pvt) Ltd” situated in Wellawatte. Two branches of the institute had been in operation in Wellawatte and Kurunegala.


The suspects, who had earlier sent people abroad, had later defrauded the unsuspecting victims. The suspects had drawn its customers by advertising the “Elizabeth Institute” in the print and electronic media promising educational opportunities in UK, Canada and several European countries. The son-in-law of the main suspect had also been remanded over his involvement as an employee of the institute.


Further, the rent for the building where the institute was situated had not been paid for several months and complaints has been made by the owner of the building for cheques worth 750,000 which had bounced back. 


Unit Two of the Fraud Investigations Bureau is conducting further investigations. (Daily Mirror online)

Advertisement of the  Elizabeth Institute of Higher studies and the suspects wanted by the Fraud Investigations Bureau.

  Comments - 19

  • Sammy Saturday, 03 July 2010 05:07 AM

    A proactive strategy to weed out such Institutions, by the government is the need of the hour.

    citizen1 Friday, 02 July 2010 03:42 PM

    What a joke! How about THE fraudster family?? Kindly look into that!!

    Mohamed Shafraz Friday, 02 July 2010 04:17 PM

    Why not? there are lot

    Sumith Friday, 02 July 2010 05:33 PM

    Catch the 'big' fraudster family then these 'peanuts' will automatically dry-up.

    BUGGER Friday, 02 July 2010 09:49 AM

    arrest all con artist ,fraudsters, people who do not keep their promise's.( most of our politicians might be in jail)

    Crasher Friday, 02 July 2010 10:11 AM

    Send these people to jail.. they cheat people to fill their stomach.... i have seen so many students who come with big dreams and wash dishes so that they can survive.

    Che Saturday, 03 July 2010 10:16 AM

    Also It is funny that Authorities will investigate such ScamS,but a very reluctant to see Justice in the Golden Key Scam, the question is ?????????????????????????

    Rana Friday, 02 July 2010 10:24 AM

    Its good that government decide to invite all the private universities and other institutes to Sri Lanka. In that way we can prevent these kind of scams and we save a lot of money as well. (I know there is negative and positive things in government plan to invite private universities, but its better than get it to trouble with these scammers (horu) don't you think ?)

    Mohamed Shafraz Friday, 02 July 2010 10:30 AM

    There many institutions like this cheating student’s in the name of Education. Government should have a proper policy to control higher education institutes and should now allow everybody to run higher education institution like grocery shops.

    ind Friday, 02 July 2010 10:41 AM

    This is not Higher Education, It's HIRE EDUCATION

    roshan raz Friday, 02 July 2010 10:50 AM

    i think these people should be given life sentence.

    ajith Friday, 02 July 2010 10:55 AM

    This is an eye opener to Srilanka.
    Why do we send our children abroad, spending millions of rupees.
    Why dont we conduct the degree courses here along with foreign universities under the able monitoring of the Ministry of Higher Education-Srilanka.
    We are draining money,future resources,best brains even to countries like Bangladesh.Shame!!!!!!
    The money can be utilized to upgrade the Srilankan Universities.
    Where do we stand in Higher Education????????
    Over to you Mr.Minister including His Excellency the President.You have to take a bold decision in the name of Higher Education.

    Mohamed Shafraz Friday, 02 July 2010 11:03 AM

    should NOT allow everybody to run higher education institution like grocery shops

    Mohamed Shafraz Friday, 02 July 2010 11:15 AM

    Ajith you are exactly correct, Government should give permission to open Private Universities and those Universities should be observed and guided by University Grand Commotion.

    charly Wednesday, 07 July 2010 11:03 AM

    check all of the family members they Might Be Involved .........................................

    Muheed Jeeran Friday, 02 July 2010 12:10 PM

    I am sure there will be tough measure to be introduce to Student Visa system in UK as it is the weakest link of all. Tory party wanted to have some tough measure and we are working on it at the moment. Very soon you will some new polices on Student Visa system. I think Sri Lanka Govt must take some touch measure to stop these corrupt organizations.

    Private University is a very good idea proposed by the Govt and I am sure it will be a successful strategy.

    Varithamby Rajan Friday, 02 July 2010 01:02 PM

    the need of the hour is good private universities, this will curb people being duped by these fraudsters !!!

    namal Friday, 02 July 2010 01:15 PM

    can you find anyone who is an honest in sri lanka

    Lokumalli Friday, 02 July 2010 01:43 PM

    All of this commotion is long overdue!

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