The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested a 29-year old person from Vavuniya for suspected money laundering after Rs. 17.2 million had been deposited to one of his bank accounts from the US.
Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that the money had been deposited by hacking into various accounts in several countries including in the US.
Initially, a complaint had been received to the CID in April 2020 over the offence of money laundering.
According to the complainant, Rs. 140 million had been deposited to several bank accounts of various persons in Sri Lanka. DIG Rohana said that those money had been taken from various countries by hacking into various persons' bank accounts.
He said the CID had arrested a total of 36 persons since the April, 2020 to date in connection with money laundering.
The spokesman said that the CID conducting further investigation and the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) of the Sri Lanka Central Bank is also assisting the investigation.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)