KUALA LUMPUR: Six policemen and 10 other people have been detained in Gombak, Selangor, for investigations into RM2.9 million in fraudulent insurance claims involving false reports of car thefts.
Police nabbed 10 suspects on March 14, among them a 34-year-old believed to be the mastermind, a building contractor from Kampung Baru Subang, and his 30-year-old right-hand man from Sungai Buloh.
Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said 36 vehicles and 12 vehicle registration certificates were seized.
Follow-up investigations led to the arrest of six policemen, among them officers, believed to be in cahoots with the 10 suspects.
Mazlan said the syndicate would first lodge a false police report about the theft or loss of a vehicle, then file a claim with the insurer, with help from the errant policemen.
The vehicles would then be registered and resold with the help of others at various government agencies.
He said the scam had been going on since 2016.
The suspected mastermind had two previous records in 2013 under the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953. He and his suspected right-hand man are expected to be charged tomorrow, Mazlan said.