JJPTR money game operator closes shop
GEORGE TOWN: Offices of money game operator JJPTR have reportedly been closed since last Friday following raids by a task force investigating the scheme. There was no sign of employees or investors at its offices in Perak Road, Bandar Baru Air Itam and Bayan Baru yesterday.
Investors too seem resigned to the fact that they will not be seeing their money after JJPTR founder Johnson Lee and two of his key leaders were remanded in Klang. Facebook pages and social media sites promoting the scheme have also gone silent.
Investor Y.L. Ho, in her 50s, said she knew her fate was sealed when the task force raided eight JJPTR premises in Penang and recorded statements from 15 workers and four investors.
She has yet to recoup her RM4,700 capital, and had lost about RM1,600.
“I was told the founder has been remanded. I don’t think I will ever get back my money,” she said.
Another investor, known only as Goh, believes his investment is as good as gone.
“There is no point going to the office to make further enquiries,” he said.
On Friday, the task force team carted away documents and computers from the main office in Perak Road between noon and 5pm.
Besides JJPTR offices, the team also raided another operator Change Your Life’s (CYL) office at Icon City in Bukit Mertajam.
Businessman S.K. Yeoh, who has invested in a few money games like CYL and Richway Global Venture, said he has lost hope of getting his monthly payouts.
“Following the intervention of the authorities, I think my handsome returns will be up in smoke.
“Luckily I have recouped my capital. If not, it could have been worse,” he said.
A money game player, Ben Chow, 35, said many of his friends knew it was a gamble when they decided to invest in the many get-rich-quick schemes.
“Just look at the number of police reports lodged and you will get some hints. Many of my friends know how these schemes work. They will not go to the police.
“They are always on the lookout for new platforms, knowing they can find easy money if they are among the pioneers. If they lose, they would just curse their luck,” said Chow, who invested in BTC I-system and several other money games.
Meanwhile, Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye said they were waiting for instructions from Bukit Aman before taking the next course of action.
“We won’t jump the gun. We will wait and see the outcome of the investigations on JJPTR.
“There is no reason for us to call up investors to record statements, unless they come to us and make a complaint.
“The Inspector-General of Police has given us three months to investigate the matter.
“Bank Negara is playing an active role in the investigations,” he said after launching a blood donation campaign at Tanjung City Marina yesterday.
Comm Chuah said several businessmen had raised concerns over the prevalence of money game schemes when he first assumed the state police chief post in January.
JJPTR’s Johnson Lee arrested
GEORGE TOWN: Police have picked up JJ Poor To Rich (JJPTR) founder Johnson Lee (pic) and two of his right-hand men in Petaling Jaya at around 4.30 on Tuesday morning.
Police are expected to release a statement on their arrest soon.
Previously, Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said JJPTR have collected investments of up to RM1.7bil up until now.
Comm Acryl said in a statement last week that following investigations on JJPTR, Bukit Aman’s Anti-Money Laundering squad, CCID, Bank Negara, the Companies Commission of Malaysia, Inland Revenue Department, National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team and Cyber Security raided eight different locations in Penang.
He said that said the eight locations, several offices and residential units, were believed to be used as offices of the syndicate’s operations.
Comm Acryl Sani said following the raid, 15 workers and four investors have been held for documentation process and questioning.
He added that all of them are aged between 23 and 40.
It is learnt that of the 15 workers held 13 are women while three of the four investors are also women.
All of those held are locals.
“Also seized were seven computers and laptops, cash counting machines, hundreds of JJPTR company documents, televisions, CCTV cameras and RM3,300 cash,” he said in the statement.
Comm Acryl Sani said that action to freeze accounts belonging to JJPTR were also being carried out under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
Johnson and two others remanded
KLANG: JJ Poor To Rich (JJPTR) founder Johnson Lee and two of his key lieutenants have been remanded for three days.
The three men were brought by police to the court complex where magistrate Nik Nur Amalina Mat Zaidan granted yesterday the remand order until Thursday.
The men were led away about 20 minutes later.
Lawyer G. Jaya Prem said his clients were being investigated for one case of fraud.
“It is one report, of Section 420 of the Penal Code, on a sum of RM56,400. The funny thing is: this money went to a company which is not even under the name of my clients,” he said.
Lee and his assistants were picked up by police in Petaling Jaya at about 4.30am yesterday.
Previously, Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said JJPTR had collected investments of up to RM1.7bil until now.
He said in a statement last week that following investigations on JJPTR, Bukit Aman’s Anti-Money Laundering squad, CCID, Bank Negara, the Companies Commission of Malaysia, Inland Revenue Department, National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team and Cyber Security raided eight different locations in Penang.
Comm Acryl Sani said following the raid, 15 workers and four investors were held for documentation process and questioning.
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