PETALING JAYA: Two men, including a “Datuk Seri” have been remanded for allegedly soliciting bribes of RM125,000 from a woman to expedite the process to make changes to her husband’s death certificate.
Sources said the Datuk Seri, 46, was nabbed at his house in Seremban on Tuesday and cash worth about RM142,500 was seized, New Straits Times Online reported.
It is believed that the Datuk Seri was a former special officer to a royal family member.
The news portal said the second man, who is self-employed aged 59, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Monday and RM30,000 was seized.
The portal said the two had allegedly asked for the money to come up with a “surat kuning” (a letter issued by the palace).
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Chief Commissioner (operations) Azam Baki confirmed the arrests.
Meanwhile, a MACC source told Bernama that both men were believed to be involved in falsifying documents to expedite the process in claiming for deceased persons’ estates.
“The suspects are believed to have issued letters purportedly from royal families and dignitaries to facilitate dealings involving the government.
“The amount of bribes they demand to speed up the process was from RM30,000 to RM125,000,” he said.
According to the source, the duo were believed to have been active for four years and investigations to date found that 10 people had fallen victim in Klang Valley and Seremban.
“The Datuk Seri’s contract as a special officer of a royal family is believed to have ended in 2013,” he said.
“Several documents used to dupe the victims were also found together with stamps belonging to dignitaries, including top national leaders and royal families,” he said.