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Fake foreign employment agency raided

A foreign employment agency in Galewela which had sent women abroad as housemaids on tourist visas by preparing forged travel documents was raided by Galewela police after obtaining a search warrant from the Dambulla Magisrate’s Court recently.

Photographs of 50 women and forged passports and visa cards, forged franks of several state institutions and several national identify cards were found by police during the raid.

The raid was a sequel to the arrest of an alleged fraudster who had defrauded several women by demanding sexual favours promising to send them abroad and extorting money from others after threatening to expose video clips of various compromising positions taken with them and recordings of their discussions.

The suspect, a resident of Galewela, was produced before the Dambulla Magistrate and remanded.

The fake agency was at his residence at Puwakpitiya, Galewela.

Among the items seized from the agency were several photographs of the suspect wearing a police helmet and a forged identity card posing off as the Police Service Commission Chairman.

Galewela police said they would conduct further investigations after recording statements from the victimized people.

The Galewela police asked any victim of the agency to provide information against the suspect.