Police detained a Cameroonian who allegedly tried to "trade" RM140,000 in fake ringgit notes for US$20,000 in Malaysia. The 28-year-old suspect caused minor injury to a policeman while resisting arrest last Monday.
"The victim, in his 50s, had informed us that an African was trying to trade the fake notes. We decided to trap the suspect. He was arrested near Persiaran Hampshire off Jalan Ampang as he was on the way to make the currency trade," City commercial crime unit division chief Asst Comm Izany Abdul Ghany said yesterday.
The suspect pleaded innocence and claimed that he was a student. However, further investigations revealed that it was not true.
It is learnt the policeman suffered a gash on his right arm while trying to arrest the suspect.
Police found 1,778 fake notes of RM50 denomination inside a black bag in his car.
The suspect is believed to be involved in a syndicate which called up people at random to trade genuine currency for fake ones of "higher" face value.