SERDANG: Two men have been detained after one of them lodged a false report, claiming to have been robbed by the other.
The duo apparently did this in order to siphon their company’s money for their own expenditure instead of paying workers’ salaries.
Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Ismadi Borhan said one of the men, a car accessories shop owner in his 20s, claimed to have been robbed by two men at about 2.30pm on Thursday.
“He said the so-called assailants were in a Honda Accord and rammed into his vehicle at Taman Kinrara, Bandar Kinrara, right after he took out some RM160,000 from a nearby bank.
“However, some of the things he told the us during the course of the investigation did not add up, so we decided to dig further,” he said when contacted.
After a thorough interrogation, the “victim” and his friend confessed to making up the whole "robbery” story, said ACP Ismadi.
“They conceded that they planned to use the RM160,000 to settle their respective outstanding personal loans.
“Their robbery claims were a means to fool their workers,” he added.
Some RM49,400 in cash was recovered while the remaining balance had been spent by the suspects, he said.
“I am giving a stern warning to the public not to lodge false police reports as it is a serious offence.
“False reports not only burdens the police but it is also a waste of taxpayer money to solve a case or incident that did not occurr,” he said.
Under Section 182 of the Penal Code for providing false information to police, the accused could face up to six months' imprisonment or be liable for a fine of not more than RM2,000 upon conviction.