Two Datuks among trio remanded to assist investigations into SMS fraud


TWO Datuks were among three company directors, remanded for five days beginning today for allegedly giving bribes amounting to millions of ringgit to telecommunication company officials to divulge customer details.

The mobile numbers and personal information of customers were used for SMS fraud.

According to a source from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the three men, aged between 41 and 48, were detained at the Putrajaya MACC Headquarters between 9 pm and 11 pm, yesterday after coming to have their statements recorded.

Earlier, the suspects, wearing MACC orange lock-up shirts, arrived at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court here at 10.45 am today.

The remand order against the three men was issued by Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim after the MACC made the application.

According to MACC sources, the three men are directors of three different companies suspected of paying telecommunication company officials to obtain customer phone numbers to be used by content provider fraud syndicates via SMS by charging subscription fees without the customer’s knowledge and consent.

The case is being investigated under Section 16 (b) (A) of the MACC Act.