To be grilled: A suspect believed to be a middleman being led out of a magistrate’s court in Putrajaya after the remand order against him.
PUTRAJAYA: He is 32 and self-employed with an “active” bank account that allegedly serves as a front for corrupt police officers.
He is believed to be one of the middlemen in the “protection service” allegedly provided by some senior police officers in Melaka to illegal gambling dens and massage parlours.
Sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said those who made deals with the police would deposit payments for the service into the man’s account.
“He would then pass the cash to the police officers.
“This way, the transaction leaves no paper trail,” a source told The Star.
It is learnt that investigators are still analysing his bank records to determine how much money has been coming in and going out.
Aware that he was being sought by the MACC, the suspect turned himself in at the commission’s headquarters here at around 4pm on Thursday and was arrested soon after his statement was recorded.
The man, who said he drives a van for a living, has been remanded as the anti-graft body continues its investigation into the protection racket.
Magistrate Nadia Othman allowed the suspect to be remanded for six days until May 24.
He is the 11th person arrested in the investigation to date.
The MACC had earlier rounded up seven police officers from the Melaka Tengah and Jasin districts as well as the state police contingent headquarters.
Among those arrested are two district police chiefs, two assistant superintendents, two inspectors and a corporal.
Two middlemen and a suspected illegal gambling den operator are also being investigated.
A substantial amount of cash has been seized and several bank accounts frozen in the course of the investigation.
One police corporal was found to have RM800,000 in the storeroom of his house but the 52-year-old claimed that he was holding it for his superiors.