KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 ― Six policemen were among 16 people detained by the police in connection with an insurance fraud scheme involving the filing of false reports pertaining to car thefts and fraudulent insurance claims in Gombak, Selangor.
In an operation dubbed “Operation Lejam Piam 2018” on March 14, a police team nabbed 10 suspected members of a syndicate involved in false insurance claims amounting to about RM2.9 million.
Among those picked up were the 34-year-old suspected mastermind ― a building contractor from Kampung Baru Subang ― and his 30-year-old right-hand man from Sungai Buloh.
Selangor police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Mansor told a press conference here today that the team also seized 36 vehicles of various makes and 12 vehicle registration certificates.
He said follow-up investigations led to the arrest of six policemen, including officers, who were in cahoots with the 10 suspects.
Mazlan said the syndicate’s modus operandi was to lodge a false police report on the theft or loss of a vehicle before claiming with the insurer, with help from errant policemen.
He added the vehicles would then be registered and resold with the help of several individuals at various government agencies involved in the activity, adding that the scam had been carried out since 2016.
He said investigations revealed that the suspected mastermind had two previous records in 2013 under the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
“The (suspected) mastermind and right-hand man are expected to be charged at the Selayang Magistrate's Court tomorrow, while the rest will be charged as soon as possible.” ― Bernama