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RM110,000 siphoned from accounts of four


THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014 - 12:32

 officer is part of a gang suspected of siphoning more than RM110,000 from four passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in a horrible act of plundering the bank accounts belonging to the victims of the greatest aviation mystery.

Police said the money vanished from the accounts of Hue Pui Heng, 66, and MAS crew member Tan Size Hiang, 46, both Malaysians, and those of two China nationals — Ju Kun, 32, and Tian Jun Wei, 29.

The four, who were among the 239 people on board MH370 believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, all had accounts with the same international bank.

The gang went on an automated teller machine (ATM) withdrawal spree in July at a time when a multinational effort was under way to search for the aircraft. The last withdrawal was on July 18.

The bank officer had given a new ATM card to an accomplice to make withdrawals in Hue’s name.

Before making the withdrawals, the accomplice made an online transfer from the accounts of the two China nationals into Hue’s account. Tan’s savings were also deposited into the same account.

The accomplice then withdrew the money from Hue’s account using different ATM machines in the Klang Valley.

Because of the RM5,000 withdrawal limit per day, it is believed the accomplice took more than two weeks to make withdrawals of up to about RM75,000 from the ATMs.

An online transfer of RM35,000 was also made to a local bank account from the account of one of the victims. Police are investigating the background of the owner of the account to which the money was transferred.

The bank only found something amiss when its manager conducted a monthly audit and found large sums missing from the victims’ frozen accounts.

It conducted its own internal investigations on July 18 before reporting the incident to the police on August 2.

Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Zainuddin Ahmad, who confirmed the incident, said police had yet to make any arrest. He said the suspected bank officer has been temporarily suspended by the bank pending its investigation.
“We are waiting for the bank to complete some other parts of their internal investigation. We are working together,” Zainuddin told Malay Mail.

“We have not ruled out the involvement of an inside person.”

Hollywood stuntman Ju Kun was returning to Beijing to see his family. He had doubled for Jet Li in films like The Expendables, The Forbidden Kingdom and Fearless and was due to start work on Marco Polo, a new Netflix series created by John Fusco.

Tian, from a village in Wendeng, Shandong province, worked for Huawei Technologies in Malaysia and was on his way home for the first time in 15 months.

Tan, a family-oriented man who not only took care of his wife and five-year-old daughter but his siblings and parents, had worked with MAS for almost 18 years.

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