Datuk nabbed over car scam

> Sus­pect said to have been cheat­ing vic­tims for over 10 years

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN

KUALA LUMPUR: A Datuk with over 20 pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal records for cheat­ing ran foul of the law again yes­ter­day for al­legedly fleec­ing a car owner of his RM260,000 ve­hi­cle.

It was a fa­mil­iar en­counter for the po­lice as the 37-year-old Datuk had been known for pulling off sim­i­lar con jobs on vic­tims for over a decade.

In the lat­est case, the sus­pect had re­sponded to a car-for-sale ad­ver­tise­ment placed by a 32year-old man who wanted to sell his Toy­ota Vell­fire in May.

Sen­tul deputy po­lice chief Supt Mohd Sukri Ka­man told theSun yes­ter­day the sus­pect met the vic­tim and in­tro­duced him­self as a Datuk Seri un­der an­other name.

He said after agree­ing to pur­chase the ve­hi­cle, the sus­pect drafted a sales and pur­chase agree­ment and gave the vic­tim a cheque for RM25,000 as down­pay­ment.

The sus­pect, who took pos­ses­sion of the car, also promised to set­tle the bal­ance of an out­stand­ing loan on the ve­hi­cle with a bank.

Mohd Sukri said sev­eral days later, the vic­tim re­ceived a call from the Datuk, who told him not to cash the cheque due to in­suf­fi­cient funds.

He said the vic­tim agreed but after months of be­ing given lame ex­cuses by the eva­sive Datuk and fail­ing to re­cover the pay­ment or his car, he lodged a po­lice re­port.

Mohd Sukri said a po­lice team from the Sen­tul dis­trict com­mer­cial crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­part­ment (CCID) ar­rested the sus­pect at 12.10am yes­ter­day at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion.

He said the sus­pect is un­der a two-day re­mand or­der.

As a re­sult of his al­leged crimes and ill-fame, sev­eral ne­ti­zens who are be­lieved to be his vic­tims, had cre­ated we­blogs that ex­posed the wrong­do­ings of the Datuk in cy­berspace, warn­ing the pub­lic to be wary of his al­leged de­vi­ous schemes.

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