According to a report on the website - cricketage.in, not one but three SLC employees have been involved in this fraud as well.
This letter dated on September 04, 2018 and addressed to SONY Pictures Networks India (Pvt.) Ltd. has raised several suspicions.
The letter on the SLC letterhead bears three signatures who have prepared, checked and approved the letter. However, it is singular that no names are mentioned.
The letter notes, "Sequel to the meeting held with the board member of Sri Lanka Cricket dated 09.04.2018, on issues bordering on our accounts being placed on no debit by Sri Lanka tax regulator board and other internal issue we are currently witnessing, which makes it quite difficult for us to be able to access or receive payment in Sri Lanka, until when the issue will be resolved."
"The board members of our institution has made a resolution for you to take this as our authorization to make payment for the England tour as sequentially arranged and the pending payment of USD187,084,75, through our Asia associates bank account details in Hong Kong, who has served as our intermediary for over 10 years in many financial issues, as detailed in the mail trail below and as also contained in the attached revised invoice."
"Please, be advised henceforth, subsequent payments should be made through this channel as agreed by our board member until the issue is resolved," it adds.
The Hacker tale
Meanwhile, the SLC is trying to to insinuate that it was a hacker who had tried to transfer US$ 5.5 million to a personal account.
Heavy criticism is leveled against former SLC Chairman - Thilanga Sumathipala for employing several employees of the Sumathi Group to the SLC financial division, during his tenure.
Sumathipala had sent the SLC financial division chief Chandramali Koralage on retirement upon her having reached 55 years of age, but had later obtained the services of persons aged over 80 years.
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