Syndicate leader nabbed

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  • Saturday, 01 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The mastermind of a syndicate, which ripped off several local and foreign banks of an estimated RM3mil by tapping telephone lines, was arrested in Johor on Wednesday. 

Federal police commercial crimes officers from Bukit Aman nabbed the man, who is in his 40s, after a two-week surveillance of his activities. 

Sources said the man led the police team to Malacca, where they seized a skimmer-like machine used to download information by tapping the telephone lines from Telekom Malaysia’s distance pole box. 

They said the man had stolen an estimated RM1.2mil from several banks in Malacca and about RM2mil from Singapore banks. 

The sources also said two of the syndicate members had been arrested and were assisting the police in their investigations.  

It is not immediately known whether anymore syndicate members are being sought but police believe that what they have uncovered is just the tip of the iceberg. 

The sources said police knew about the telephone line tapping but had never managed to seize any machine until two weeks ago, when they busted a syndicate in Johor which used it to siphon millions of ringgit from several local and foreign banks.  

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