The last has definitely not been heard about the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 as Malaysian police announced the arrest of a bank officer and her husband in connection with funds missing from the accounts of four passengers on the missing plane. The sum of RM110,643 (about £ 20, 000) was discovered to have been withdrawn from the accounts.
According to Commercial CID chief, Asst Comm Izany Abd Ghani, the bank officer was arrested at her home in Ampang on Thursday evening. She has been working with the bank for the past 10 years.
While speaking on the arrest, the police chief said “her husband, 33, was picked up by police at a workshop in Ampang where he had taken his car for repair. Police believe he is also involved in the siphoning of the money.
Police are yet to get the recording from a closed-circuit camera (CCTV)) in the bank. It will take a little time.”
Though he disclosed that the couple had no previous criminal record, he stated that they will be remanded till Sunday.
Police authorities also named a likely accomplice, a Pakistani whose name was given as Ali Farran. Dang Wangi police chief, SAC Zainuddin Ahmad said Farran is in his 30s, he worked as a mechanic in Pandan Indah, Ampang and his last known address is No 2 Lorong Kemajuan 2, Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.
Police authorities disclosed that in the course of their investigation, it was found out that from the RM110,643, a sum of RM35,000 was transferred into a fifth account which through Internet banking. The account was later discovered to belong to Farran and he is believed to have fled with the money.
Relatives of passengers of the missing MH370 have therefore been advised to monitor their (passengers’) bank statements just to be vigilant.
Police investigations showed that there were funds transfers from three passengers’ bank accounts into the account of a fourth passenger through internet banking and together with the fourth passenger’s account balance, the amount totalled RM110,643.
The four accounts belong to two Chinese nationals Ju Kun and Tian Jun Wei and two Malaysians Hue Pui Heng and Tan Size Hian, a steward on MH370.
The missing funds became a major issue last month after a bank officer outside Malaysia detected a series of suspicious transactions and transfers from the four accounts.
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from the radar on March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board. The Boeing 777 has not been found since then.