Conmen cheat businessman of $102,922

KUALA LUMPUR - Like a dog with a bone, a cheated dog food processing plant owner from China is not letting injustice done to him go easily.

Han Jian paid a total of US$72,272 (S$102,922) for two shipments of beef paddywack for making dog treats but they never arrived.

Paddywack is a strong elastic ligament in the midline of a sheep or cattle's neck, which relieves the animal of the weight on its head.

The businessman came across an advertisement on www.alibaba.com in May for a shipment of beef paddy­wack from a company registered in Malaysia.

"I contacted the man named Harmman Amir from South Bay Group Inc via e-mail over a shipment of 27 tonnes of paddywack.

"I received a sales and purchase contract and signed it on May 14 for the product worth US$37,800 (RM165,940)," he told reporters at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau yesterday.

Han said the man asked for a 30 per cent deposit, which was to be paid to a subsidiary company called Vasiv Resources on June 2.

"Two weeks later, the man sent me the shipping documents and asked for the remaining 70 per cent payment.

"After the payment was made, the man could not be contacted but I managed to find another contact, one Mohammed Latif, from one of the earlier e-mails," Han said, adding that this man claimed to be the chief executive officer of another sub­sidiary of South Bay Group.

He said Mohammed Latif claimed that the container was in Taiwan and that 15 tonnes of the product were damaged.

"He then asked for US$27,000 (RM118,706) so that another con­tainer of the product could be shipped to me.

"Once the payments were made, he also could not be contacted," Han said.

On Sept 30, Han received an e-mail from another man, Jim Kim, who said Harmman and Mohammed were conmen.

He said Jim Kim asked for US$2,000 (RM8,780) to meet up in Malaysia to sort things out.

"This made me suspicious. I came to Malaysia on Nov 9 and lodged a police report three days later.

"I lost US$72,272 to these conmen. I hope they are brought to justice," he said.

MCA Public Services and ­Comp­laints Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Michael Chong said checks with police revealed that the companies were registered in Malaysia but the addresses were fake.

"The Commercial Crime Inves­tigation Department is probing the case," Chong said.

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