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Man who faked SLBFE applications for Israel jobs arrested

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Scam operated by downloading application forms, Rs.400,000 each:

A person who misled young people by giving them false applications prepared using the state symbol and the logo of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), saying that they

would be provided with jobs caring for patients in the State of Israel with the full support of the SLBFE, was arrested by the officers of the Foreign Employment Bureau at Diyatha Uyana Premises, Battaramulla on February 22.

According to a complaint received from a job seeker to the Bureau that a person was collecting Rs.400,000 each for giving jobs in Israel, the investigating officers of the SLBFE accompanied by the complainant went and met the individual and arrested suspect.

A resident of Kuliapitiya area was arrested thus. During further questioning, it had been revealed that another resident of Athurigiriya area was assisting him in this racket. Accordingly, the investigating officers had brought the other person to Diyatha Uyana premises and arrested him as well.

When he was questioned, he had stated that this scam is being carried out by downloading the application forms from the internet and using the government symbol and the logo of the SLBFE fraudulently. Five fake job applications were also found at the place and taken into custody by investigation officers. Accordingly, both persons were arrested and produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate, and the court ordered that they be released on two personal bails of Rs.100,000 each and further hearing of the case was postponed to June 5.

SLBFE Investigation officers Kapila Karunaratne, Sarath Wimalaweera, Madushan Wijewardena, Wasantha Ekanayake, Kithsiri Amaranath and Gayesha Subashini joined in carrying out this arrest.

Recruitment of Sri Lankans for Israeli caregiver jobs is done only by Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. To apply for these jobs, one must visit the official website of the bureau and apply online through the link ‘Home based caregivers for Israel’. Therefore, the SLBFE requests the public not to accept for any reason, applications from outsiders for employment in Israel, and not to pay any money for those jobs to anyone. If one is aware of information about such fraudulent persons, the public are requested to contact the bureau’s 24- hour information center on hotline number 1989 and also urges the public to notify the Special Investigations Unit on telephone numbers 0112864241, 0112864123.

Saturday, February 25, 2023 – 01:08

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