Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Five Indonesians caught using a fake bank draft for RM900,000 purchase

IPOH: Police have arrested five Indonesians, believed to have cheated a businessman over a diesel purchasing deal worth about RM900,000.

Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the suspects, aged between 25 and 45, had used a fake bank draft to buy about 100,000 metric tonnes of diesel from the 53-year-old last Thursday.

They also used a forged bank guarantee letter to convince the businessman on the validity of the draft from an Indonesian bank and that the payment had been transferred to the victim’s bank account, DCP Mohd Shukri said.

“While waiting for the goods to be delivered to Indonesia, the businessman felt suspicious and checked with his bank on the validity of the letter and transaction,” he told reporters yesterday.

DCP Mohd Shukri said the businessman was informed that the letter was forged and that the RM900,000 was not credited.

“The businessman then lodged a report with the commercial crime unit,” he added.

DCP Mohd Shukri said the five Indonesians, who were here on social visit passes, were arrested in a hotel here yesterday.

“They have been remanded to facilitate police investigations and would be investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code,” he said.

On an unrelated case, DCP Mohd Shukri said police busted a syndicate dealing in fake Indian rupees with the arrest of two Pakistanis and a Lebanese here last Thursday.

He said the trio, aged between 22 and 42, had tried to cheat a moneychanger by trying to exchange 402,000 rupees (RM22,480).

“Fortunately, the moneychanger was able to determine the forged notes and promptly alerted the police,” he said.

DCP Mohd Shukri said the forged notes looked authentic, complete with the watermark effect of Mahatma Gandhi’s face on the notes when shown against a bright light.

He said police seized three mobile phones, two Pakistan passports and one black bag during the arrest.

“This case will be investigated under Section 402 of the Penal Code for possessing fake notes.”
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