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Woman conned RM24,000 for UK work permit

 | July 3, 2012

A credit manager says she was made to believe that the payment was necessary for visa and other documentation applications.

PETALING JAYA: A 41-year-old credit manager, A Freda Anthonymary, who wanted to make a living in the United Kingdom, lodged a police report this morning after being conned RM24,860 by an ‘envoy’.

“In order to work in the UK, I was told to deposit the money into private bank accounts of individuals by one Simon Featherstone who claimed to be the UK envoy,” said Anthonymary.

Speaking to FMT after lodging the police report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, Anthonymary said that she was instructed to make payments for her visa, work permit application, insurance and tax clearance.

She also made payment to open an overseas bank account, bank saving capacity, permanent stay in United Kingdom and document collection. The payments were however deposited into individual local bank accounts.

She had made payments to one Stella Rani Francis Selvaraj and Faini Juhim @ Jeniffer on June 22, 25, 26, 27 and 28.

She had also communicated with three others aligned to Featherstone. She added that all her correspondence for her visa was done via email – [email protected]

“I began to feel suspicious about them when they started to demand more money. I then asked to meet Featherstone but he made up excuses and declined to meet me,” she said in the presence of Kapar MP S Manikavasagam at the police station.

Manikavasagam said that he too had attempted to meet the envoy named Featherstone but was not given the chance at all.

“This is clearly a conman’s scandal and I urge (Selangor deputy police chief, Senior Assistant Commissioner) A Thaiveegan to look into the matter,” said Manikavasagam

He also confirmed that the British High Commission did not employ anyone by the name of Featherstone.


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