Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has foiled an attempt by one of its employees to embezzle US $ 5.5 million from a bank account abroad, SLC confirmed. The money was owed to the Sony Pictures Networks board in connection with the broadcasting rights for the upcoming tour of England by Sri Lanka.
"Immediately after finding the fraud attempt, SLC CEO Ashley De Silva filed a complaint with the Financial Crimes Division of Investigation, under the direction of Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha," a press release from SLC stated.
The employee in question is understood as part of the finance division of SLC, whose name has been withheld by the media until the completion of Investigations.
"We came to know about the incident on Friday, with the person who sent the mail on Thursday After internal consultations over the weekend, we decided to file a complaint with the FCID," said De Silva at ESPNCricinfo .
Meanwhile, SLC will also carry out an internal audit of all financial transactions during the past year.
England is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka for a complete tour comprising five ODI, one T20I and three Tests, in the order mentioned. The first ODI will be played on October 10, in Dambulla, and the tour will conclude with the final test in Colombo on November 23.