Two inland revenue officers nabbed

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Two officers of the Inland Revenue Department were arrested by the CID over a number of frauds allegedly committed by erasing data stored in several computers of the department.

The complaint was lodged by the Deputy Director after it was found that a considerable amount of data had gone missing.

The amount of loss caused to the department was yet to be calculated.

The CID arrested the tax officer and data processing officer in the Panadura and Minuwangoda areas. The two suspects who are now being held under detention orders are to be produced in courts soon.  

They had been allegedly deleting important data for a considerable period of time. However police said they were yet to identify the people who had given them these contracts.

A senior police officer said the individuals and businesses involved in the fraud would be revealed within the next few weeks.

However, he said the arrest of the two Inland Revenue officers, would lead them to track down more such officers within the department.

Police said that the two men are now held under detention orders and they will be produced in courts shortly.

Investigators said, frauds and malpractices were rampant within the department, but they were being carried out in a highly organized manner.

It was also reported recently that the revenue collection had dropped during the last three years creating a negative impact on the economy.

Therefore, the Inland Revenue Department has started a full search to find reasons leading to the drop in tax revenue. (Supun Dias)
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  • Thomas the Engine Thursday, 25 October 2012 09:06 PM

    Good comments but surely will be another forgotten case (most likely a politicos are involved)

    Samantha Friday, 26 October 2012 12:42 AM

    Every where computer GILMART....

    Christopher Friday, 26 October 2012 01:57 AM

    Well it's high time the government got smart enough to know what we knew a long time ago. Why not make it compulsory for IR officers to declare their and their immediate families income. Some of them I am sure will have assets they cannot explain.

    Lobo Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:48 AM

    The new culture at the IR was to be people friendly but didn't know they were this friendly.

    sunnyboy Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:48 AM

    a few small shots are arrested while the big shots get away......LOL

    Premalal Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:49 AM

    Those who had given the contracts must be very big fish who are close to even bigger fish. Revelations if it comes would be very interesting indeed.

    Lobo Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:51 AM

    No doubt the police will catch the culprits but whether they will reveal the names depends on whether they are connected or not.

    Minister Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:53 AM

    But deleting a name of a previous tax payer who has now retired and jobless never happens in the Inland Revenue Department.

    richardson Friday, 26 October 2012 10:53 AM

    Do they have tax files too. Did they declare???

    Rishzly Thursday, 25 October 2012 11:22 AM

    How it is possible to delete important data by ordinary computer users ? No proper IT security system on their computer network ?

    Matalan Friday, 26 October 2012 12:16 PM

    Amendments, alterations and deletion of data must be made possible only by a higher officer with PW & ID that can be tracked back through an audit trail. To let any Tom, Dick or Harry fiddle is sheer lunacy.

    Lobo Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:49 PM

    IR....first investigate the income of MPs. How can they afford luxury cars, houses, go for holidays, educate their kids abroad etc; all on an MPs salary????

    dm Friday, 26 October 2012 08:00 AM

    hi mate,
    All government staff grade officers annually declare their
    assets and liabilities including spouse and children under 18.
    And only investigated by the bribery or under court


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