Remanded over Tabung Haji scam

  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Aug 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: She has been on the wanted list for the past four years after cleaning out another person's Tabung Haji account of RM1.24mil. 

She lived a life of luxury and blew away all the money in just three years. 

She was then forced to look for work and a year ago she got a job as a receptionist at a developer's office in Shah Alam.  

IN CUSTODY:The suspectbeing ledaway inKualaLumpuryesterday.

On Wednesday, the police got wind of the 25-year-old's whereabouts and arrested her.  

The Bukit Aman commercial crime personnel nabbed her just as she was about to leave her office for lunch. 

She was produced before a magistrate yesterday and remanded for three days. 

She was only 21 when she pulled off the scam by using a fake identity card to withdraw the money from the account at the Tabung Haji headquarters in Jalan Tun Razak here. 

She had the gall to use her own picture in the fake card to make the withdrawals in 2001.  

Her victim was a 27-year-old woman who owned a highway construction company. 

The suspect withdrew the money twice before she went into hiding in several villages in Banting and other parts of Selangor.  

It is learnt that she moved around from one house to another, living with friends and relatives.  

She was very generous with her ill-gotten gains. 

Her scam was not noticed until Aug 29 that year when her victim complained to Tabung Haji about the missing money. 

Police believed that she was working with a syndicate in getting the fake identity card and they are hoping to arrest those involved as well. 

Sources said that in 2001, Tabung Haji contributors only needed their identity card to make withdrawals but since this case the fund has tightened the withdrawal procedures.  

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