Syn­di­cate be­hind Touch ‘n Go scam crip­pled

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice have crip­pled a syn­di­cate run­ning a scam in­volv­ing Touch ’n Go, which has cost the com­pany some RM2.2 mil­lion in losses, with the ar­rest of 11 men and three women in Pe­nang, Kedah, Se­lan­gor and Jo­hor.

Bukit Aman Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Acryl Sani Ab­dul­lah Sani said the 14 in­di­vid­u­als, all lo­cals, in­clud­ing the two mas­ter­minds, were de­tained in raids car­ried out last Fri­day and Satur­day.

The sus­pects, aged be­tween 30 and 56, had been run­ning the scam from Fe­bru­ary to Septem­ber.

Among the items con­fis­cated in the raids were 466 Touch ’n Go cards with vary­ing amounts of il­le­gally reloaded credit, Touch ’n Go ma­chines for reload­ing the cards, nine cars worth RM475,400 and 18 bank ac­counts to­talling RM195,000 which have been frozen.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence here, Acryl Sani said that this was a cun­ning syn­di­cate as “it will buy the orig­i­nal Touch ’n Go cards and use il­le­gal means to reload them with amounts of up to RM1,500”.

He said that once il­le­gally reloaded with the credit, they could use the cards to buy items in su­per­mar­kets, mini-marts and restau­rants where Touch ’n Go could be used as a method of pay­ment.

“They buy items like cig­a­rettes, watches and other valu­ables to be sold to third par­ties for cash,” he added.

These cards were also used to pay toll and park­ing charges.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der the Pe­nal Code, the Cy­ber Crimes Act and the Anti-Money Laun­der­ing Act. – by Ti­mothy Achariam

BERNAMAPIX

Acryl Sani show­ing the pic­tures of the sus­pects and ve­hi­cles seized in the raids.

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