Johor police hunt three over RM20t foreign exchange fraud carried out in name of TMJ

Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the fraudulent document was allegedly issued and signed by a ‘Datuk Seri’ who claimed to have been acting on instructions from Tunku Ismail, who is popularly known as TMJ. — Bernama pic
Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the fraudulent document was allegedly issued and signed by a ‘Datuk Seri’ who claimed to have been acting on instructions from Tunku Ismail, who is popularly known as TMJ. — Bernama pic

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JOHOR BARU, Oct 8 — The Johor police are on the lookout for three individuals over a fraudulent “Letter of Undertaking” issued in the name of Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and involving foreign exchange transactions amounting to US$5 trillion (RM20.91 trillion).

Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the fraudulent document was allegedly issued and signed by a ‘Datuk Seri’ who claimed to have been acting on instructions from Tunku Ismail, who is popularly known as TMJ.

He said investigators were made aware of the matter following a police report lodged by the Johor Royal Family Communication Office’s media unit head at about 7pm yesterday.

“The document was found to have been allegedly issued and signed by a local woman with the title of ‘Datuk Seri’.

“The woman involved claimed to have received a mandate from Tunku Ismail to carry out the foreign currency exchange transactions from US dollar to Ringgit Malaysia worth US$200 billion to US$5 trillion,” said Ayob Khan in a statement issued here today.

The state’s top cop added that further investigations revealed that the transaction was also found to involve a bank account in the name of a man.

“The results of police investigation through the website www.istiadat.gov.my found that the woman involved was not registered as a ‘Datuk Seri’ as claimed and was also suspected of being involved in a prior fraud case involving the Bank of Tokyo in 2011.

“Apart from the woman involved, the case is believed to also involve a local man who is a lawyer acting as a proxy related to the document,” said Ayob Khan, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

* An earlier version of this article contained an error which has since been rectified.

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