Priyamali defrauds over Rs.5,000mn; has operated brothel as well
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) revealed that the actual amount lost by the people identified as having been caught in the scams of Thilini Priyamali exceeds Rs.5,000 million.
The CID believed that the total financial fraud she has committed with the money of people who have not yet come forward will be close to Rs.10,000 million.
Priyamali has celebrated the birthdays of celebrities including singers and actors on the 34th floor office at the World Trade Center by spending millions of rupees.
The CID has so far received only eight complaints against her and the amount she has defrauded so far is Rs.2,510 million.
Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said a doctor who was defrauded Rs.750 million by her had come forward but a formal complaint has not been lodged so far.
Also, it was revealed that an artist related to politics, two actresses who are engaged in business activities and a former governor have also been caught in this woman's fraud, but they have not come forward to lodge a complaint so far.
Accordingly, CID sources said that if those who are currently identified revealed the amount of money they have actually lost in the scam, the amount of the fraud will exceed Rs.5,000 million.
The CID believes that the victims of this scam are reluctant to file a complaint against Priyamali because they cannot reveal sources of their income.
"They may get into trouble in the future simply because they don't complain. We have come to know that Priyamali has been keeping records on her mobile phone and computers, including the details of those who gave her money. Her cell phones and computers are now with us. They have been sent to the computer forensics laboratory. Forensic officials will probe computer data and then we can see who gave her the money. Not only that, we are currently checking all the bank accounts under her name. We will be able to find out how she spent these funds. Those who don't complain are the ones who get into trouble," a senior CID officer has said.
It is also said that Priyamali, a mother of three, has been married thrice and her second husband was her personal bodyguard in the security company that provided her protection.
It was reported from various sources that this woman has worked in a Middle Eastern country in the past and had coerced Sri Lankan women into sex trafficking. She had allegedly used women in prostitution in Sri Lanka as well.
The CID said that they hope to question her about the validity of these allegations.
On the second day of her imprisonment, a mobile phone was found during a search by the prison officials.
Following her arrest, a list of people who allegedly invested money in her businesses was shared on social media. So far, six people on the list have complained to the CID saying that they did not invest money in her businesses.
Highest investment in Krrish?
Priyamali has revealed to the CID that her company's largest investment was made towards Janaki Siriwardena, the CEO of 'The One' mixed investment project belonging to Krrish Company.
Statements of the businessmen who complained against Priyamali have also revealed that Sirwardena is involved in this fraud.
In the statement of Abdul Sakkar, who made the first complaint to the CID, it was stated that Siriwardena, whom he met when he visited former governor Asath Salley's house on May 3, advised him to invest in Priyamali's 'Thico' group.
Siriwardena was summoned to the CID to record a statement and she has denied the allegation that Priyamali has invested in 'The One' project and has revealed that she had only given her investment advice.
It has been decided to summon Siriwardena again and record further statements based on information revealed by the complainants and Priyamali.
Earlier it was revealed that a young politician has close relations with Siriwardena.