Cops arrest con man second time this year

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003


SEREMBAN: A 37-year-old con man who operated under the guise of a prince, a retired colonel, a Sultan’s relative and had even used the title “Sir” since 1986 but was never convicted was detained by police in Shah Alam recently. 

Negri Sembilan commercial crimes chief Deputy Supt Ahmad Idrus Skymmar Abdul Wahab said the man was arrested at a relative’s home following a tip-off. 

He said the man, who would be remanded until Feb 24, was arrested under Section 419 of the Penal Code for cheating by impersonation. 

This is the second time the man has been arrested this year.  

On Jan 4, Kuala Lumpur police arrested him for trying to cheat a 41-year-old company director in a five-star hotel in Jalan Bukit Bintang. He was released on bail as soon as his remand had expired. 

Negri Sembilan police would be handing over the suspect to the Selangor police for offences committed in Sungai Way and Bangi dating back to 1986. 

Among the offences were that the man allegedly posed as a chief executive officer of Persatuan Bantuan Kebajikan Keluarga India Negri Sembilan to collect donations for crime awareness programmes purportedly organised by the police, National Drug Agency, Prisons Department and Malaysian AIDS Council. 

He had also used the name of Negri Sembilan police chief Senior Asst Comm I Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Mohd Sidek in collecting the donations. 

Police are also investigating the man for cheating, impersonating, theft and house break-ins in Kuala Lumpur and Klang. 

The Star recently reported that the man, claiming to be the adopted son of a local royal family had cheated local businessmen including Datuks into believing that he could get them honorary doctorates from an Italian university for at least RM20,000. 

He allegedly arranged graduation ceremonies by renting conference rooms in hotels and hiring part-time actors to pose as university deans or foreign dignitaries to award the scrolls. 

His victims were believed to have parted with huge sums of money to obtain an honorary PhD in social service.  

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