Immigration officer denies hand in dirty dealings

KUALA LUMPUR: An Immigration officer has been hauled to court over charges of graft and money laundering amounting to RM230,990 relating to immigration clearance for foreign nationals at the airport.

Yusrazif Wan Yusoh, 42, was charged with five counts of accepting RM300, RM5,000, RM3,000, RM5,000 and RM1,700 himself from two individuals, Voon Pot Lim and Yuen Hon Loong, both of whom have links to the accused’s official work involving the passage of Filipino and Chinese nationals through the Immigration counter at KLIA2 in Sepang, Selangor.

The offences were allegedly committed at the Alliance Islamic Bank in Putrajaya between Oct 28 and Nov 16 last year.

The accused, who was detained during the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) sting operation Ops Selat, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out before Sessions Court judge Suzana Hussin here yesterday.

The charge under Section 165 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of up to two years or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

At a separate Sessions Court, Yusrazif also claimed trial before judge Rozina Ayob to a charge of money laundering.

He allegedly accepted RM215,990, which was proceeds from illegal activity, from Yuen and later deposited the monies into Yuen’s bank account.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Alliance Islamic Bank in Putrajaya between Feb 27,2019 and Nov 13,2020.

Yusrazif faces a maximum 15 years in jail and a fine of five times the amount or RM5mil, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Judge Suzana fixed bail at RM55,000 for the five counts of graft and one count of money laundering. She also ordered the accused to report to the MACC office monthly.

The case is fixed for mention on Feb 18.

The MACC, with the cooperation of the Immigration Department, had carried out a nationwide blitz codenamed Ops Selat against members of a syndicate.

The syndicate, whose activities were in high demand since the movement control order was imposed in March last year, is believed to have provided “flying passport” services where agents would collect passports belonging to foreign workers and undocumented migrants whose social visit passes had expired.

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