Tourist cheated of USD 2400 in gem scam - suspect arrested
May 31, 2017 10:28 am
An individual was arrested in Colombo 07 by the Tourist Police Division, for allegedly selling fake gems to a foreigner.
The suspect was arrested based on a complaint filed with the Police by said foreigner.
The arrestee is said to be a resident of Beruwela.
The suspect had reportedly sold two fake gem stones to a New Zealand national last December, by claiming that they were blue sapphires.
The sale was made for a price of USD 2400, Police stated.
Police also stated that the foreigner had travelled to Hong Kong, where he discovered that the gem was a fake upon further inspection.
Accordingly, the New Zealand national had arrived back in Sri Lanka and filed a complaint about the incident with the Tourist Police Division on May 18.
The arrestee was remanded after being produced before the Fort Magistrate Court, Police Spokesperson’s Office stated.