Thursday, March 30, 2023

3 Top MACC Officials arrested over alleged Fake Cash Switch

News3 Top MACC Officials arrested over alleged Fake Cash Switch

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed the arrests of its 3 officers to assist in an investigation which involves abuse of power and malpractice in a case involving “a former department head”.

“MACC would like to emphasise that the commission will not compromise or protect any of its officers involved in any criminal activities and will take appropriate action if these acts are found to be true.” they said in a statement.

“The 3 officers were brought before the Putrajaya magistrates’ court and remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code for six days from 14 to 19 September.”

Meanwhile, the MACC said that they are in the midst of conducting a thorough investigation and they urged the public to not speculate on the case so as not to affect the investigation.

This comes after the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) released a statement that denied the claims from the Edisi Siasat blog post that said the police were “afraid” to investigate reports against three MACC officers for allegedly stealing confiscated money.

“We take note of the viral matter related to the remand of 3 senior MACC officers after alleged being involved in a US$6 million cash theft case. We can confirm that no reports have been lodged over the matter.” the police said.

According to The Vibes, a spokesperson from MACC said that the 3 officials were arrested last week in connection with the alleged counterfeiting of cash seized from former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation Director-General, Datuk Hasanah Abd Hamid 3 years ago.

The Edisi Siasat blog reported that the millions of US banknotes were confiscated by the MACC as evidence into the criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges, and the total amounts to US$12.1 million levelled against Hasanah.

They also said that at least one of the men arrested had close relationship with the MACC Chief Commissioner, Datuk Seri Azam Baki, adding that he has an alleged history of drug abuse.

The evidence money was previously seized under the MACC’s Ops Dinar 2 at a condominium in Cyberjaya in 2018 and it was due to be returned to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) recently. However, it was found that a large portion of the money returned came back in the form of fake notes.

“The officers involved had requested for two weeks to return the money in their custody, in which time they converted it to counterfeit notes and returned it.” the source from The Vibes said.

On the other hand, the police urged the public to not spread fake news on social media.

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