Police Recapture Fugitive Who Escaped MACC Custody

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The main suspect in an online gaming scam, who escaped from Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission custody after scaling a wall, was re-arrested by police at a hilltop resort early today.

Federal CID director Huzir Mohamed said Goh Leong Yeong, who is wanted in connection with money laundering and online gambling rackets, was picked up together with a foreign woman believed to be his girlfriend at the hotel outside the Klang Valley this morning.

“He was picked up at 1.20am at the hotel. He is now at Kuala Lumpur police headquarters as we apply for a remand order,” he told the Malaysian Insight.

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Goh, also known as Alvin Goh, was caught 15 days after his escape from MACC custody on October 11.

“He is wanted for online gambling cases,” said Huzir.

He added that the suspect, believed to be scam syndicate coordinators targeting victims from China, had been moving around from one location to another to avoid arrest.

“We will also be investigating further on his escape, which some claimed to have been assisted by certain quarters,” he said without elaborating.

It was reported that Alvin and another suspect known as Addy Kanna, have been identified as coordinators and agents tasked with preparing call centres to scam syndicates.

The call centres, equipped with computers and telecommunication equipment, operated from offices and luxury residences targeting Chinese citizens for online gambling and other scams.

Alvin was reported to have escaped by climbing over the fence at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Oct 11 with the help from his two bodyguards, upon being released by the MACC.

Sources said Goh was caught in Genting Highlands and picked up during a special operation by police aimed specifically at recapturing him.