KUALA LUMPUR: The police have warned the public that they will not hesitate to take stern action against those caught lodging false reports.
Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon (pic) said those who are convicted could face a maximum six months' jail, a fine of RM2,000 or both.
"Just last month, we received a report from a 36-year-old man claiming that he was extorted by a group of policemen who detained him near Salak Selatan on Jan 26.
"He claimed that he was carrying RM1.8mil with him at that time and he handed over RM1mil to the police during the incident," he said when contacted on Saturday (Feb 6).
He said investigations however revealed conflicting details and he later confessed to lodging a false report and creating the story.
"The investigation papers were compiled and referred to the Deputy Public Prosecutor and a police enquiry paper was also opened for further investigations.
"The suspect was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates' Court on Feb 4 and pleaded guilty," he said adding that the suspect was fined RM2,000.
He said that this should be a lesson to the public to never lodge false reports or give false statements.
Those with information on cases can contact the Cheras police hotline at 03-9205 0222 or the city police hotline at 03-2115 9999.