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Accountant faces further fraud charge

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

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

She has previously said in court that she was struggling to support her family back at home on her Bermuda wages.

The court heard from Crown counsel Kirsty-Ann Kiellor that Arachchige submitted false documents under the name of Susantha Wijekoon, claiming to have had surgery in Sri Lanka between August 22 and 27, 2010.

The scheme was uncovered by police after her arrest on three other counts of deception.

Police seized a number of memory sticks and found letters to BF&M in the name of another Sri Lankan national, who like Arachchige was locally employed at HWP.

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

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

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

Records showed that on August 20, Arachchige had lodged the sum of $7,884.19 into her Capital G bank account.

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

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded her into custody for her sentencing on Wednesday.

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Published September 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm (Updated September 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm)

Accountant faces further fraud charge

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