|Female teacher of leading
school nabbed for cheating
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
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
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.