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Allison Lai, Nurbaiti Hamdan,
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Malaysia, Crime

'Future richest man' offers money to policemen who nabbed him

The Star/ANN | Allison Lai, Nurbaiti Hamdan, | Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Chinese national Zhang Jian, the self-proclaimed "future richest man in the world", made numerous attempts to bribe police officers who raided his villa and arrested him in Phuket, Thailand, reported The China Press.

Zhang was said to have openly offered several police officers money when they found more than RM50mil (S$19 million) in cash, jewellery, land deeds and bank accounts during the raid.

His huge living area consists of two villas pompously decorated like a palace, and a huge swimming pool surrounded by golden palm trees on a 0.4ha garden.

There was a safe as big as a refrigerator to keep his valuables inside the villa, estimated to hold some 200mil baht (S$730,000).

Zhang was said to be calm when the police arrived, but later became uncooperative, questioning why the officers were arresting him.

He offered money to the officers several times, but no one entertained him.

When he realised Interpol officers were present, his attitude changed for the better.

However, he was bundled away with his wife, Yoyo Wang Wenfang, 29, and his aide.

According to Thai newspaper Manager Daily, Zhang, who founded the controversial YSLM multi-level marketing outfit, was arrested by police over a pyramid scheme that reportedly duped people in China and Malaysia of nine billion baht.

It added that the valuables found inside the villa were just the "tip of the iceberg".

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