Kuala Lumpur: October 9, 2020  — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) smashed a Macau scam syndicate that defrauded victims, including celebrities, of millions.

MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki  in an interview with MACC.fm said  that they acted aggressively and quickly to shut down the illegal business and arrested those involved in the scam. 

MACC arrested 11 locals and one Chinese national, all of whom are being investigated for graft under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009, among others.

Azam added that eight government officials from an enforcement agency have also been arrested for protecting the syndicate.

“This syndicate has been operating for years, and we are curious to find out how this has come to be without any action from enforcement agencies,” he said.

MACC seized 730 bank accounts with RM80 million, RM5 million in cash, and 28 luxury cars that included a Bentley, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, and Lamborghini.

Hundreds of dummy (false) companies were created by a money laundering syndicate linked to the businesses of some of the country’s celebrities to deceive the authorities, added Datuk Seri Azam Baki.

Without divulging the number of these companies, he said all the companies detected by the MACC were deliberately created to channel illegally-obtained money of the syndicate.