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Accountant admits to a further medical insurance deception charge

A Sri Lankan accountant who admitted defrauding an insurance company of nearly $70,000 has pleaded guilty to a further charge of deception.

Chandima Gangula Arachchige pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to dishonestly obtaining $7,884.19 from insurers BF&M, on August 20.

Arachchige, who was arrested that same date for similar offences, previously said in court that she was struggling to support her family back at home on her Bermuda wages.

Crown counsel Kirsty-Ann Kiellor said Arachchige submitted false documents under the name of a colleague, Susantha Wijekoon, which claimed medical expenses on surgery in Sri Lanka between August 22 and 27, 2010.

The scheme was uncovered by police after Arachchige’s arrest on three other counts of deception.

Memory sticks seized by police contained letters to BF&M in the name of another Sri Lankan national, who like Arachchige was locally employed at HWP.

The letter requested reimbursement for surgeries at Sri Lanka’s Apollo Hospital, to a total cost of $9,162.25.

Ms Kiellor said that enquiries with Bermuda Immigration showed that Mr Wijekoon was in fact on the Island at the time of the claimed surgery.

He was arrested on September 9, but denied knowledge of the deception.

Records showed Arachchige had lodged the sum of $7,884.19 into her Capital G bank account the same amount paid out to Mr Wijekoon by BF&M.

Arachchige, 37, was interviewed by police at the Co-ed Facility on September 15. She gave a written statement asserting Mr Wijekoon’s innocence and took full responsibility for the theft.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded her into custody for sentencing tomorrow.

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Published September 20, 2011 at 9:40 am (Updated September 20, 2011 at 9:40 am)

Accountant admits to a further medical insurance deception charge

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