Scammer finally arrested by Kuching police

KUCHING: A local man wanted by the police for committing fraud involving the payment of Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) annual income tax has finally been arrested.

Kuching OCPD ACP Ahsmon Bajah said the suspect, in his 50s, was arrested by the Kuching IPD Commercial Crime Investigation Division (CCID) team on Tuesday (July 27), and was charged in court on Wednesday (July 28).

“The suspect’s modus operandi is to deceive his victim by offering the service of settling payment of annual tax fines and IRB annual tax.

“The suspect will promise to manage payments related to IRB taxes and ask for payment from the victim before the transaction is made,” ACP Ahsmon said on Thursday (July 29).

A victim was scammed of over RM380,000 by the suspect around May last year.

“The victim was asked to hand over 21 cheques amounting to RM382,500 to the suspect.”

A review of past criminal records also found that the suspect had been arrested for extortion under the Money Lenders Act 1951 and the Prevention of Crime Act 1959.

“With the arrest of the suspect, we have successfully solved eight cases involving scams in this district.”