Arrested for defrauding kidney, cancer patients

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A 25-year-old software engineer, who illegally withdrew Rs 10 million from the bank accounts of kidney and cancer patients, was arrested by the Social Media Crimes Investigation Unit of the CID yesterday (12).

The suspect has contacted the patients, who seek help through newspaper and social media advertisements requesting funds to support their treatment. He had then assured the patients that he will also donate Rs 100,000 and asked for bank account details and OTP, the Police said.

The Social Media Crimes Investigation Unit confirmed that the suspect withdrew money from the bank accounts of the patients through the internet. The CID had received seven complaints with regard to the fraud conducted by the suspect. According to the CID, the suspect had graduated from a university of Singapore in software engineering. He was arrested by Sea Street Police while residing at a lodge.

BY Keerthi Mendis