Customs superintendent arrested for forgery

An Assistant Superintendent of Customs has been arrested by the Customs Department for forging documents using 23 computers.

He was attempting to re-export arecanuts to India by claiming that they were from Sri Lanka, despite their origin country of Indonesia.

Police Media Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana stated that the Financial Crimes Unit of the CID had commenced an investigation into the incident a few months ago.

The investigation was carried out between August and October 2020 and three suspects were arrested in connection with 23 containers of arecanuts worth Rs. 300 million, the police spokesman said.

The Police Media Spokesman said that it had been revealed that a forgery had been made in connection with the incident and that the documents had been made in connection with the computer system of the Customs Department.

Accordingly, the Assistant Superintendent of Customs who had prepared the forged documents was arrested yesterday (12).

The suspect is a 29 year old resident of Wadduwa.

However, the spokesman said that it was reported that the relevant official had been suspended and that he would be dealt with under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.