Sept 19, Colombo: Information has been revealed that more than 132,000 liters of diesel has been fraudulently sold to another party in a period of three years from 2019 to 2021 at the Ambewela Highland factory belonging to Milco Company.
An investigation team was appointed to probe the fraud of 45,000 liters of fuel in this company based on the information received by Renuka Perera, chairman of MILCO, and during the investigation it was found that over 132,000 liters of diesel had been defrauded in those three years.
Investigations have revealed that this fraud has been going on from July 2019 to the end of 2021.
Renuka Perera said necessary measures have been taken so far to suspend two officials and transfer another who were found to be involved in this scam.
The chief storekeeper and the assistant storekeeper of the factory have been suspended and the officer who supervised the work has been transferred to Polonnaruwa for not informing of the ongoing fraud.
Milco Chairman said he will request the Criminal Investigation Department to find out if there are any others involved in the fraud apart from the three officers.
Renuka Perera made these disclosures to the media after joining an observation tour of Ambewela Highland Dairy Factory on Saturday (17).
The Chairman said this crime remained a secret for so long because only a limited number of people were involved in it.
Milco Chairman told 'Dinamina' yesterday (18) that a complaint will be lodged with the Criminal Investigation Department today (19) asking for a full investigation into the matter as it is suspected that these stocks of fuel have been sold to fuel stations around Nuwara Eliya.
He also said that it seems that assistance of some officials of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation had been received to carry out this fraud.
The Milco Chairman said that he has informed the Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera and the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera in this regard.