JOHOR BARU: Johor police are searching for a father and son duo in connection with a forgery case involving forged foreign currency exchange documents using the name of Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that the suspects, both Malaysians, had claimed they were working at the Johor palace.
"Police have recorded statements from three suspects and we are looking for two more. They are M. Paramesvaran, 64, and his son P. Kuganathan, 34, and we believe they are still in the country.
"Their last known address is 16, Persiaran Jelapang 16, Taman Sibilin in Ipoh, Perak," he said in a press conference held at the state police headquarters here on Thursday (Oct 21).
He urged those with information relating to the whereabouts of the two suspects should immediately contact the police.
"We are looking for them to help us with the investigations classified under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating," he added.
Police have since recorded statements from a local woman who claimed to hold a Datuk Seri title and a male lawyer.
On Oct 8, police were investigating the woman and the lawyer for claiming to have received a letter of undertaking (LOU) from Tunku İsmail to conduct currency exchange here.
Comm Ayob said police received a report on the matter from the Johor Royal Press Office at about 7pm on Thursday (Oct 7).
"The woman had claimed to have an LOU from Tunku Ismail to conduct financial exchange from US dollars to Malaysian ringgit, which is fake.
"She also claimed she was given consent to convert US$200bil to US$5 trillion into ringgit, under a local bank account registered to a local man," he said.
He added that a background check on the woman through the Bahagian Istiadat dan Urusetia Persidangan Antarabangsa website at www.istiadat.gov.my revealed that the suspect was not on the list.
"She is also a suspect for a fraud case involving a foreign bank back in 2011.
"Our investigations also revealed that she is working with another man who works as a lawyer and acted as the proxy," he said, adding that investigations are still ongoing to find out the relationship between the trio.