Filipina arrested for fake bills in Malaysia

Posted at 04/18/14 12:38 PM

MANILA -- Malaysian police have arrested an African man and a Filipina woman in possession of "black money," or counterfeit bills amounting to around P44 million on Tuesday.

According to a report published on the Malaysian news website The Star on Friday, the two were nabbed in two separate locations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The police reportedly swooped in on the first suspect, a 34-year-old African, at a hotel in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman following a tip-off from a local woman who claims that she knew the suspect via Facebook.

"The police raided the hotel and seized three RM50 notes and equipment to 'clean' money, which was believed to have been used in the scam," Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Izany Abdul said at a press conference.

Following the man's arrest, the police also raided the apartment of an unidentified 46-year-old Filipina, where they found several bundles of US dollars and Malaysian ringgit suspected to be fake.

The amount found was believed to be worth more than P5 million.