GEORGE TOWN – Normally the centre of action, the main office of JJPTR in Penang was unusually quiet this afternoon.
theSun paid a visit to the office at Jalan Perak here, after the premise was raided by a host of monetary enforcement authorities on Friday afternoon.
The entrance to the office, located on the second floor of a shophouse was locked electronically.
Several presses of the doorbell did not yield any results as no one unlocked the door while onlookers smirked and looked away.
Absent too was the normal stream of people flocking in and out wanting to enquire about the status of their returns.
Also, there wasn’t anyone trying to gain entry, while theSun was there.
Speaking to a waitress of a nearby restaurant, theSun was told many had come on Friday evening after hearing about the raid.
“There was quite a crowd last night but I did not notice anyone today,” she said.
On Friday, police and other enforcement authorities, including Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Internal Revenue Board (IRB), raided all eight JJPTR offices in Penang.
Seizing several hundred JJPTR documents among other items, the multi agency raiding team also detained 15 JJPTR staff and four investors to have their statements recorded.
In a statement late Friday evening, Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the scheme has collected RM1.7billion since it started two years ago.
He said police have received two police reports so far on the company and that investigations are ongoing.
Several accounts of the company have also been frozen pending investigations.
JJPTR, which promises investors 20% monthly returns, is in the spotlight after it claimed its trading account was hacked resulting in losses of RM500 million.
Founder Johnson Lee in several videos posted on social media has promised to return the capital of investors.
The company has also launched a new scheme promising even higher returns of 35%. – The Sun