The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s application to forfeit approximately RM3.4 million in prepaid credit has been allowed by the Shah Alam Sessions Court. The prepaid credit belonging to 533 Digi customers is believed to have been purchased for unlawful activities.
According to Bernama’s report, Judge Rozilah Salleh allowed the application after the deputy public prosecutor from the MACC Allan Suman Pillai informed the court that the money was the remaining credit in 773 prepaid online accounts registered to 533 customers. It was reported that Digi conducted an internal investigation after customers complained about getting SMS inviting them to participate in online gambling.
Digi says it did not provide a platform for online gambling but the credit in the prepaid cards could have been manipulated for online gambling. It was reported that MACC has also conducted its own investigations and found there were prepaid users with excessive and suspicious credit balances.
In a separate report by The Edge, the excessive credit balance was believed to be used for illegal activities such as illegal gambling and prostitution. Back in November 2020, a total of RM4.25 million in credit was confiscated between 2020 and 2021 from 900 prepaid accounts which had balances of more than RM3,000. Out of the total figure, RM835,639.43 from 127 prepaid accounts belonging to 60 individuals were claimed back from the MACC after four notices were issued to the affected users.
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