Tuesday, November 12

Couple in police custody after scam

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SIBU: The woman said to have partnered her husband in the biggest insurance scam in Sarawak this year is in police custody after their  arrest.

The 40-year-old and her husband, said to be implicated in the scam involving nearly RM5 million in investments by 163 victims, had left (Sibu) town but police arrested them in Kuching last Wednesday.

They said the woman who was ill was being treated in Sarawak General Hospital so they brought her husband back (to Sibu) first last Wednesday night.

After the woman was discharged yesterday, police accompanied her back.

Supposed to be remanded by noon yesterday, she became emotionally unstable and was taken to Sibu Hospital where she was admitted.

Her husband, 44, from Kuching was remanded for two days on Friday.

He is expected to be further remanded today.

Sibu police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi confirmed that they had received 84 reports related to the scam.

The fraud came to light a few months ago when one of the victims who works in Kuala Lumpur, went for a medical check-up using an insurance medical card.

She was told the card had expired and that the over 20 policies she bought had lapsed for several years.

The woman found that the couple had misappropriated her payments.

Among the victims attending a press conference called by DAP last week was a family that had invested over RM800,000 through the couple while another invested over RM500,000.

According to the Customer Services Department of the insurance company, they had also lodged a police report because the cheating case involved policies using their name.

An officer of the insurance company in Kuching confirmed the couple had been, but was no longer with their company.