In a stray incident of a smart alec robbing the dead passengers, a Malaysian bank manager and her husband were found to have siphoned off $36,000 from four passengers of the MH370 Malaysian flight that went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.
A Malaysian bank manager who realized money laundering by four MH 370 passengers gave out the clue to Malaysina police to conduct probe into their accounts to realize that $36,000 was transferred intermittently from the four passengers last month.
The probe traced that $34,890 was transferred from the bank accounts of four passengers who were among the 239 in the MH 370, according to Izany Abdul Ghany, a senior official of the Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Investigation Department.
The Straits Times quoted ACP Izany saying: “We are investigating the case as unauthorized access with intent to commit an offence. We are getting CCTV footage from the bank to identify the suspects involved.”
All the transactions were made four months after the disappearance of the flight MH370 on July 18. The online transfer was made from three passengers to the fourth passenger’s account who in turn withdrew the entire money and all of them were among those who disappeared with the flight.
“We believe the suspect withdrew the money through the fourth victim’s account via several automated teller machines (ATMs) in the Klang Valley,” reported New Straits Times quoting an unidentified source. “The withdrawals were done in stages over the past five months.”
The bank manager who was alert lodged a complaint with police on August 2 when the money was transferred mysteriously to a third victim’s account. “He found out that $11,000 belonging to a third victim’s account was transferred into an account under the name of ‘Ali Faran’ on July 14,” the source told New Straits Times.
ACP Izany Abd Ghani said their probe led them to a bank officer, who has been working for an international bank for 10 years and was she was arrested at her home in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, at 4pm on Thursday. Hours later, her 33-year-old husband was also picked up by police.
“We believe the husband is also involved,” Izany was quoted by the Malaysian Insider. “Police have yet to retrieve the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the bank. It will take some time.” The couple are being held at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters.
The accounts belonged to Hue Pui Heng, 66, and MAS crew member Tan Size Hiang, 46, both Malaysians, and two Chinese nationals – Ju Kun, 32, and Tian Jun Wei, 29. The money was wired from three accounts to one account and was withdrawn from different ATMs in the Klang Valley. The bank officer, who was a conduit, had issued a new ATM card to an accomplice who used it to withdraw the money, said the New Straits Times.
The report said 35,000 ringets were credited into a bank account of “Ali Faran”, who could be a foreigner as he used his passport to open an account. ACP Izany cautioned the families of passengers of MH370 to keep a tab on the bank statements of their disappeared family members on MH370. “Their families can check their bank statements. We ask them to be careful,” he was reported saying.