‘Datukship’ deal costs lawyer RM604,000

One of the eight suspects who were detained over the case.

PETALING JAYA: A lawyer was duped into donating RM604,000 to a foundation to get a “datukship”.

However, the foundation, supposedly patronised by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, was just a front to cheat the 62-year-old man.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the lawyer was approached by a 36-year-old woman from Sibu who claimed to be a high-ranking official from the palace.

It is learnt that several meetings were held between the two between Nov 18, 2015 and June 18 this year before the money was credited into the woman’s two bank accounts.

“It was compulsory for the victim to make the donation in order for him to get the title.

“He was told that the title was already awarded to him by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on June 4, but he finally realised that he had been taken for a ride on Aug 31 when he was informed by a palace official,” he said.

Comm Acryl Sani said initial investigations found that the application for the datukship was made using the right platform.

Eight suspects, including three women aged between 30 and 40 were picked up from several locations in Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Kajang, Ampang, Sungai Buloh and Perak in connection with the case.

“They are being remanded until Sept 26.

“We also seized several mobile phones, bank cards, bags, jewellery, purchase receipts for gold, files and a luxury car,” he said. – Star Online

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