Kedahan arrested for impersonating civil servants over last 7 years

MOHAMED BASYIR


BALIK PULAU: Police arrested a 49-year-old Kedahan last Thursday for allegedly impersonating a civil servant over the past seven years, and cheating victims of almost RM800,000.

Southwest district police chief Superintendent Anuar Omar said police managed to nab the man at a hotel in Prai at about 5pm after two weeks of surveillance.

"He usually got in touch with victims by calling or meeting them in person. He would then introduce himself as a Road Transport Department officer and offer to sell them vehicles to be disposed of by the government, at cheap, attractive prices.

"He would then collect photocopies of victims' identification cards or passports, and later ask them to bank in certain amounts of money as payment.

"At other times, he would impersonate a Tabung Haji executive officer and do the same," Anuar told a press conference here today.

The man had been on police’s wanted list over 17 cases of cheating after 49 victims came forward to lodge complaints.

The remand order for the suspect expires today, but Anuar said police will apply for an extension to conduct an investigation under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.