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Investigations into spa vice syndicate unearth additional RM1.45 million

Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali

MO,29/11/2017, PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has discovered additional RM1.45 million yesterday , following a recent bust of a spa vice syndicate operating in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the money was discovered in a safe which had to be opened by experts when none of those arrested could remember the safe’s combination number.

“With this latest seizure, the total amount of confiscated money stood at nearly RM15 million, which is the biggest haul ever recorded by the Immigration Department,” he said after the Home Ministry’s monthly gathering today. The immigration officers had nabbed three men, two Malaysians and one Filipino last week and a 46-year-old woman, who is a wife to one of the men at noon yesterday.

He said the RM1.45 million cash was discovered following the arrest of the woman, adding the money found in the safe were in RM100 and RM50 notes. The Immigration Department was reported to have seized about RM13 million last week from the spa of a well-known hotel located in Sabah’s state capital.

Mustafar was quoted saying some of the money was mouldy, indicating that the money had been kept in the same place for a long time. Most of the money was found in drawers, boxes and under bed in a room at the hotel, while the rest was found in an apartment unit nearby.

To a question, Mustafar did not deny that more arrests would be made, but declined to elaborate as the case was still being investigated. He also said the department had received a tip-off about the case for more than one month ago, prompting it to conduct surveillance before moving in to make the arrests, which led to the discovery of millions ringgit of cash.

During last week’s raid, dubbed Op Gegar, the team found condoms, lubricants and other elements related to sex activities at the spa. Some 17 Filipinas, found on the premises during the raid, had told the enforcement officers that vice activities were happening at the spa.

Mustafar said the department would work with the Inland Revenue Board for possible tax evasion, the Companies Commission of Malaysia on details of the spa and other agencies.


Filed in: Nasional, Negeri Di Bawah Bayu, Topik Pilihan

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