Crime & Courts

Security guard claims lawyer failed to transfer RM3.5 million from land sale

KUALA LUMPUR: An elderly security guard has claimed that the lawyer he appointed to handle a land deal worth RM3.5 million failed to transfer the proceeds to him.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said they received a report yesterday from the 63-year-old man, who claimed he had signed an agreement to sell two plots of land to a company on Oct 25, 2022.

"The lawyer, appointed by the victim, is believed to have witnessed the deal.

"On Mar 15 last year, the victim, accompanied by his lawyer, had stamped his thumbprint at the Petaling District Land Office, and the land deal was completed on the same day," he told reporters on Friday.

He said the complainant, however, has yet to receive the proceeds from the land deal.

"The case is being investigated under Section 409 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.

"We call on the Bar Council to take issues of breach of trust involving lawyers seriously, as the losses incurred are significant despite the small number of lawyers involved in such cases," he said.

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