By S Rutra - Free Malaysia Today
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested seven people, including two sisters and a lawyer, over a land scam which resulted in a Penang-based Datuk losing RM2.8 million.
A team from the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Division started investigating the case after the businessman filed a report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters here late last year.
According to a police source, the businessman, who wanted to purchase a plot of land in Shah Alam, was approached by the lawyer, a land broker, an accountant and a bank officer.
The suspects were said to have struck a deal using the name of a genuine company which owned land in Shah Alam.
“Satisfied with the paperwork, the businessman paid the money. However, he later suspected something was amiss and checked with the company concerned.
“The company told him that it was unaware of such a deal, and the businessman knew then that he had been conned,” the source told FMT.
The police had its first break when it was discovered that the bank officer had authorised the withdrawal of RM800,000 to one of the other suspects.
Following this, police investigation showed that the accountant had RM1.7 million in her bank account.
The sisters were picked up in Sungai Petani, Kedah, the broker in Tanjung Karang and the bank officer at her workplace in Old Klang Road.
The rest were detained at several locations in the Klang Valley. All the arrests took place yesterday.
The suspects have been remanded for two days to facilitate further investigation and are being held at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.
FMT learnt that the police are also looking for two more individuals, including another lawyer.