>PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA - A former legal assistant in a law firm here is believed to have disappeared with more than RM1 million belonging to clients. The suspect used fake letterheads and company documents, and a forged signature to open a bank account for the firm in 2005, said Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed yesterday.
He said the man left the firm some time in the middle of last year.
Arjunaidi said the suspect would ask those selling their houses for a five per cent deposit from the purchase price to be banked into that account.
The deposit is a legal requirement in housing sale transactions.
Arjunaidi said the man would then withdraw the clients' money from the account.
He said 12 reports had been lodged against the suspect.
"The suspect also acted as a middleman for developers and house buyers in the past few years.
"He withdrew all the money from the account opened with the forged signature and closed it last year."
The man may still be in the country.
Meanwhile, police are looking for Manoharan Doraisamy (identity card no 600411-01-5303) to assist them in the investigations.
His last known address was Block B-5-11, Kelana Impian, Jalan SS8/7, Kelana Jaya.
Arjunaidi urged members of the public with information to contact the nearest police station or Inspector Rahmat Fitri Abdullah at 016-6841416.