News: Suspect Identified For Affordable Homes Programme Scam In Johor

Jul 17, 2018

 
While the individual involved in the Johor state affordable housing (RMMJ) scam has already been identified, the police have not yet apprehended the suspect.

“Checks revealed that the suspect was suspended from his job and we have classified the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating,” said Seri Alam police chief Superintendent Jokhiri Abd Aziz.

Believed to be in his 30s, the suspect is a staff of a residential township developer, reported Malay Mail.

With the scam believed to be widespread in Johor Bahru, a source familiar with the case said most of the deals of the suspect were made early this year before the general election in May.

“The suspect, who understands the local residential market due to his job with a developer, acts in a very professional manner and has also managed to convince several people, including civil servants, who are keen to buy or own a house,” said the source.

“His modus operandi is to meet his potential victims at the residential area in the Bandar Datuk Onn area for them to view the homes in a convincing manner.”

Potential victims were offered a choice of homes like entry-level single-storey to double-storey linked houses, but with the booking fee still capped at RM5,000.

The source, however, noted that some potential victims had “backed out of the deal as they found it doubtful due to the affordable home status quota for the needy.”

Johor Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad had earlier today revealed the discovery of nine cases of state affordable housing (RMMJ) scam.

Of the nine cases, only one police report was lodged by a state government officer after the victim tried to confirm her booking with the state government’s housing unit.

With this, Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd called on other victims of the scam to file police reports in order to facilitate investigations.

He noted that the state government may also lodge police reports on the cases they have detected.

Using fake state government letters, the scam has duped low income earners into parting thousands of ringgit. It was discovered in June by the state secretary’s office after a victim lodged a complaint.

The fake document under the possession of the victim was a letter, while the original is a certificate issued by the state government.

The fake document also had a different format and wrong file reference number as the land parcel was already awarded to someone else.
 

Image sourced from Malay Mail Online

 
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