Two loan sharks arrested in a Tampoi supermarket

Chuah Bee Kim

JOHOR BARU: Police arrested two men, believed to be illegal moneylenders, at a food outlet inside a supermarket in Tampoi here yesterday at 2.30pm.

Johor Baru Utara district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Taib Ahmad said in a statement that the two suspects, aged 31 and 24, were believed to have been operating the illegal moneylending business for the past two years.

Police seized a total of RM9,230 along with handphones and several automated teller machine (ATM) cards from the duo.

Police also carried out raids in a flat in Taman Austin here and seized another RM55,470 as well as cars, and documents that recorded the loans made.

At another premises in Taman Kota Putri, Masai, police also found 13 loan forms.

At yet another premises, Mohd Taib said a BMW and a computer were seized.

Mohd Taib said that one of the suspects had offered a RM700 bribe to the policemen, who declined, and has since reported the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.