Police Bust Cheating Syndicate Selling Auctioned Vehicles And Cheap Haj Packages

BALIK PULAU, March 20 (Bernama) -- Police have busted ea syndicate which offered auctioned vehicles for sale and cheap Haj packages with the arrest of a man in a raid at a hotel in Perai, near here.

The 47-year-old man is believed to have operated alone for seven years by impersonating as a senior officer of the Road Transport Department and an executive officer of Tabung Haji.

Northeast district police chief, Supt Anuar Omar said the man who was detained in a raid conducted by the district police headquarters' Commercial Crime Investigation Department at 5pm on March 16 had 17 criminal records.

"Police seized various items including a handphone, two bank debit cards, eight SIM cards of different numbers and telcos, two Malaysian passports belonging to victims, several photocopies of his victims' identity cards, and several documents with the victims' information," he said at a press conference, here, today.

Anuar said 49 victims aged between 30 and 60 years had been cheated by the syndicate, with a total loss of RM717,317.50.

"It was difficult to nab the suspect as he did not stay in one place and moved often, probably because there were people who recognised him, so he had to move from place to place," he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, he said.

Anuar advised the public to be cautious and not to easily trust anyone who claimed to be a senior officer and offered cheap packages.