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Female teacher of leading school nabbed for cheating

By Ishtartha Wellaboda
A teacher and a mother of two, teaching at a national school in Colombo 3 was arrested by the Colombo Fraud Investigations Bureau on Tuesday for allegedly cheating money from people by promising them foreign employment.

The woman who had been avoiding the grasp of the law had tricked several people promising them jobs in the canteen of “Elizabeth Hospital” in England. So far the Police have identified three individuals from whom the woman had obtained money for such jobs.
She had taken over 1.3 million rupees from these three individuals alone. The police are investigating several other incidents also in connection with the same racket. Though the police believe that this woman had taken money from more individuals only the above mentioned three were reported to them.
The woman, who had used her teaching profession as a cover for her operation, had allegedly called her ‘victims’ to the school gate and acquired the money from them. On all three occasions, she had demanded at least Rs.200,000 from each of the individuals.

According to the police officers who made the arrest, most of the people who gave her the money had trusted her based on the fact that she is a teacher. After taking the money she had blissfully avoided the people with the aid of the school security who had thought that they were helping a teacher.
A married couple who fell into this woman’s trap had left their jobs in Dubai hoping to find better employment in England. They had both paid her nearly Rs.600,000 at the gate of the national school.
During the investigations it was revealed that the woman was not a government appointed teacher but one that the school had hired on a freelance basis. It was also revealed that her eldest daughter is living in England. The woman had promised the people jobs saying that her daughter had connections at the hospitals and could easily get the jobs for them.

The woman was arrested at her home in Wellawatte by a special team led by Sub Inspector R.M. Ekanayake of the FIB as she was about to leave in the morning. She was produced at the Mt Lavinia Magistrate’s Court the same day but was granted bail as she had pleaded with the Magistrate to grant her bail on account of the fact that her youngest son was sitting for his Advanced Level examination.