Pensioner cheated by couple, pays out RM84,000 in 'land deal'

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  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2003

KUANTAN: A pensioner has lodged a report claiming that he lost RM84,000 to a couple who allegedly cheated him over a land deal. 

State commercial crime division chief Deputy Supt Muhammad Mohd Karmo said the incident happened after the victim befriended a couple at a clinic in Kuala Rompin, Rompin, last August. 

DSP Muhammad said the couple, who appeared well-mannered and wealthy, offered the pensioner to live in their house at Taman Cerlang, Tanjung Gemuk, in Rompin. 

“The suspects claimed to have a 4,000-acre (1,618ha) plantation in Kuala Kangsar and said they would give him the land’s custodial rights and 40% profits if he was willing to look after the plantation while they were overseas,” he said. 

However, DSP Muhammad said the pensioner was asked to pay the couple about RM100,000 in instalments.  

He said the pensioner claimed to have made several payments amounting to RM84,000, without any documents or witnesses, between last August and this month. 

“However, the suspects left their house after having promised the victim that he would be brought to Kuala Lumpur on Feb 6,” he said. 

DSP Muhammad said another report was lodged by a contractor who allegedly paid RM23,000 after being duped into a similar deal by a couple. 

He said police were looking for M. Thiagarajan, 41, and S. Magret, 36, to help in investigations. 

Anyone with information are urged to call the Commercial Crime Division at the Pahang Police Headquarters or the Rompin district police station. – Bernama 

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