KUALA LUMPUR: An illegal moneylending syndicate run by Bangladeshi nationals was busted following a raid by the Immigration Department at a private residence in Bukit Bintang here.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said two Bangladeshi men, including the mastermind known as "Ah Long Bangladesh", were detained during the raid at about 1am on Thursday (Sept 2).
"The mastermind tried to flee but we managed to corner and detained him along with an accomplice.
"We seized nine Bangladeshi passports and RM50,000 cash. We also seized several documents of companies as well as rental contracts believed to have been used by the syndicate," he said when contacted on Friday (Sept 3).
Initial investigations revealed that the syndicate had been running illegal moneylending and money transfer services for foreigners in Kuala Lumpur, he added.
"They have been in operation for about a year.
"They were targeting Bangladeshi nationals as their main customers," he said.
Those detained have been placed at the Immigration Depot in Semenyih, he added.