Hunt on for MH370 missing money ‘mastermind’

Hunt on for MH370 missing money ‘mastermind’
The last members of the repatriation mission who were active in the area of the MH17 plane crash arrive at the Eindhoven Airbase, on August 9, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are still trying to determine how a bank officer, her husband, a Pakistani mechanic and an elusive Malaysian mastermind came together to siphon off RM110,643(SGD$43000) from the bank accounts of MH370 passengers.

Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Asst Comm Izany Abd Ghani said despite the 33-year-old bank officer and her husband being questioned since Thursday, the stolen money had yet to be recovered.

The couple, he said, had claimed that they were approached by a man identified as Raj shortly after the MH370 tragedy to cook up a plan to siphon money from four HSBC bank accounts. The accounts belonged to passengers on the missing plane.

Investigations revealed that the funds were initially transferred via online banking from three passengers' bank accounts into that of a fourth passenger.

A sum of RM35,000 was then transferred via online banking into the account of Pakistani mechanic Ali Farran, whom, ACP Izany said, later withdrew the cash and fled.

The couple then withdrew the remaining RM75,000 using a replacement ATM card over the next few weeks.

"However, they claim to have passed all the cash to a man named Raj, whom they accused of orchestrating the whole thing.

"We are still trying to establish his identity and how he is related to the detainees and the Pakistani suspect," he said.

ACP Izany expressed his doubts about Raj's real existence - if he was indeed a real person.

The suspects are alleged to have siphoned money from the bank accounts of Malaysians Tan Size Hiang, Hui Pui Heng and Chinese nationals Ju Kun and Tian Jun Wei.


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