Yesterday, Malaysian police announced that an HSBC bank executive and her husband have been charged with stealing more than $30,000 from the accounts of passengers who were lost with the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370. The transactions have been reported to have occurred sometime in July, roughly five months after the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was reported missing over the Indian Ocean. The money was taken from two Malaysian nationals and two Chinese flight victims. A third accomplice is being sought by police. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.
The third person identified by police as Ali Farran a Pakistani national who is suspected of withdrawing the money at a local branch after the funds were transferred into his account on July 14. Authorities said they have no evidence that Farran has fled the country. Assistant Commissioner Izany Abdul Ghany of the Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Investigation Department stated Monday that "We are still trying to locate this Ali Farran, who last worked as a car mechanic." The bank first noticed the money was missing on July 18 before reporting it to police on Aug. 2 following an internal investigation, he further stated. The victims of the theft are reported as Hue Pui Heng and flight stewards Tan Size Hian of Malaysia. The other victims were identified as Chinese nationalists Ju Kun and Tian Jun Wei.
According to Christian News,” if the suspects are proven guilty under Malaysia's Computer Crimes Act 1997, they will be fined for up to $50,000 or be sentenced for up to 10 years of imprisonment. The name of the bank targeted by the thieves has not yet been disclosed but is assumed to be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.” According to the police involved in the case, the suspects are believed to have taken the money from the three Malaysia Airline passengers then them deposited in the account of a fourth. The suspects then transferred a third of the money to an outside account before removing the remainder with ATM withdrawals on a daily basis. The suspects are proven guilty under Malaysia's Computer Crimes Act 1997, they will be fined for up to $50,000 or be sentenced for up to 10 years of imprisonment
A Dutch company called Fugro is carrying on the search for Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean. It is using two specialist crafts while searching for the missing flight in a large area of the southern Indian Ocean. The company announced that the search could “take up to twelve months.”