Imposter fined $373 for not paying $0.75 bus fare

Imposter fined $373 for not paying $0.75 bus fare

KUALA LUMPUR - A man posing as an Interpol officer was charged in the magistrates court with failing to pay a bus fare of RM2.

Mohamad Nazir Taib, 42, pretended that he was from Interpol to RapidKL bus driver Muhammad Ellahhami Ahmad Shabri, 23, and got on the bus without paying the fare.

According to the facts of the case, Muhammad Ellahhami said Mohamad Nazir boarded the bus at Medan Pasar, Pudu Raya.

Through the rear view mirror, he saw the accused asking passengers for their passports, claiming that he was an Interpol officer.

The bus had, at that time, Indo­nesian, Bangladeshi, Myanmar and Filipino passengers.

Mohamad Nazir told an Indonesian and Bangladeshi to get off the bus at Kampung Segambut Tengah.

Muhammad Ellahhami said he saw Mohd Nazir flash his "Interpol card" to the two foreigners.

Becoming suspicious, he reported the incident to his company.

Mohd Nazir was detained by police following an investigation.

In mitigation, Mohd Nazir said he committed the crime because he could not afford the bus fare.

Magistrate Nurul'Ain Abdul Rahim fined him RM1,000 and a month's jail in default.

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