Con artist swindles relatives of convicts

MALAYSIA - A con man is allegedly asking for money from family members of convicts to have their jail sentences reduced, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.

The man, believed to be in his 40s and from Sitiawan, Perak, allegedly collected money from several people, supposedly to get his help either in releasing their family members or having their sentences reduced.

However, he would disappear once the money was paid.

His latest victim was Liu Hong Jia, the brother of a convict, who paid him RM4,700 ($1,820) on February

Liu said the man, who claimed to be his brother's close friend, had initially requested RM7,000 to help get his brother's jail sentence reduced but he was only able to give RM4,700.

The conman has since disappeared and Liu has lodged a police report.