SEREMBAN: They were always on the move, working out of rented apartments, condominiums or houses in reputable residential areas.
Their business was swindling people and for the 15 Nigerian suspects, it came to an abrupt end with their arrests.
State police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said police got their lead when they arrested a 54-year-old Malaysian woman who had allowed one of the Nigerian suspects to use her bank account in a fraud case.
“Following her arrest, we managed to track and apprehend the 15 suspects at separate locations in Port Dickson and Mambau here and in Puchong, Selangor, between July 2 and Sunday.
“With the arrests, we have opened 33 investigation papers involving a sum of RM1.5mil nationwide,” he told reporters here yesterday.
He said the suspects, aged between 25 and 43, were believed to have been active since 2017. Three of them were women.
Mohamad said that four of the suspects did not have passports while two were students studying at a private college.
Nine others were in the country on social visit passes.
“We seized laptops, mobile phones and cash from the suspects.
“The gadgets have been sent for forensic tests and we expect to see more cases,” he said.
He said the cases were being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and flouting the Immigration Act.
Mohamad said the Malaysian woman pleaded guilty when charged at the Magistrate’s Court on Monday and fined RM10,000.
However, she was ordered to serve eight months in prison, as she could not come up with the money to pay the fine.