Bank officer nabbed after asking Johor royalty for help via Whatsapp

Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd (left), Chief Police of Johor, Malaysia and his deputy, Datuk Aishah Mohammad (third from left), visiting the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) complex on January 19, 2016.
PHOTO: NSTP

JOHOR BARU - Johor police will soon submit the investigation papers on the bank officer who asked a Johor royalty for financial help through WhatsApp to be charged in court.

Police would also do the same for the case involving a man who claimed that he could settle a businessman's credit card debt by alleging he worked for the palace.

State police chief Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said that police were completing the papers before submitting them to the Deputy Public Prosecutors for following actions.

On May 21, it was reported that the 20-something bank officer, who was heavily in debt, obtained the royal family members' mobile number from his bank's database.

He then sent WhatsApp messages explaining his problems to a member of Johor royalty but it was unclear how much money he had asked for.

The suspect was subsequently arrested at his workplace in Kuala Lumpur at around 10.20pm on May 20, following a police report that was lodged the day before.

The other case involved a man in his 50s who duped a businessman into believing that he could help clear the businessman's credit card debts of RM37,000 (S$12,000) by claiming that he worked in the palace.

In a separate incident, Comm Wan Ahmad said that a 34-year-old car workshop owner who had used national striker Safee Sali's car to carry a Smith & Wesson revolver and 30 rounds of ammunition could face a death penalty, if found guilty.

He added that the case was not related to Safee as his car was used by the suspect without Safee's permission.

The suspect is under remand until May 28 to aid in investigations.

It was reported that the suspect was arrested after the gun and bullets were found in a bag at the back passenger seat of the footballer's Ford Ranger pick-up truck at a police roadblock at the Kempas exit of the North-South Expressway.