Sampath Bank says ‘incident’ reported in media already corrected

Jan 29, 2019 (LBO) – Sampath Bank says they have already taken appropriate measures to correct what they called an ‘incident’ occurred several months ago, to ensure no recurrence.

Referring to an article appeared on a website this morning that is being shared on social media about a financial irregularity, the bank said in a stock exchange filing that some information published is inaccurate and misleading.

“However, due to ongoing investigations, the Bank is not in a position to disclose detailed information. The Bank has already taken appropriate measures to correct the situation and ensure no-recurrence,” the filing said.

“We wish to assure the public that we have taken steps to ensure that our customers will not be affected in anyway due to the incident reported.”

According to the media report, the victims of the fraud have said that their cheques and the slips amounts were manipulated and balances were added as over drafts.

After an investigation, the Criminal Investigation Department has arrested the suspected branch manager and another individual and presented them before the Kaduwela Magistrates’ Court and remanded them for 14 days.