Cops arrest suspect for impersonating as police officer in loan shark scam

PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested one suspect for impersonating as a senior police officer who had promised his victim to solve his loan shark issues.

"In 2017, the victim had borrowed RM200,000 from a loan shark for business purposes. He made his monthly payment of RM1,500 without fail, but in March, he failed to do so because of the movement control order (MCO).

"Since then, the victim has been harassed by the loan shark. Then, he met a local man who introduced himself as a senior police officer from Bukit Aman. The victim told him of his problems and the suspect offered to help him out," said Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal on Sunday (Oct 18).

The man promised to contact the loan shark on the victim’s behalf to work things out.

"The loan shark then contacted the victim, saying that all payments would now go through the 'police officer' and the victim handed over RM60,000," he said.

The victim made a police report on Oct 4 after he received a call from a man claiming to be from a debt-collecting company.

"On Oct 12, a police team arrested a 36-year-old man who we believe is the loan shark in Cheras. The police believe he is also involved in gang activities.

"Acting on information gathered from the first suspect, the police made another arrest. A man with the title of Datuk was arrested at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) on Oct 16," he said.

The second suspect was the man who allegedly identified himself as the police officer to the victim.

Checks showed that the second suspect had four previous records under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, and that he had owned a security company.

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