Thieves Rip Off $35K From MH370 Passenger Accounts
Suspects have been identified: police chief
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2014 9:32 AM CDT
Jacquita Gomes, second from left, wife of in-flight supervisor Patrick Gomes aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.   (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

(Newser) – Some $35,000 has been withdrawn from the bank accounts of four passengers aboard the lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—and no, authorities don't believe the passengers are alive and spending big. Malaysia's Star reports fraudsters funneled funds from three passengers' accounts into a fourth, then moved the money via Internet transfer to an account "believed to be that of one of the suspects," police said. The culprits then "made ATM withdrawals ... until the account was empty," an investigator said, adding "we are now trying to trace the identity of the suspect who opened that account."

A police chief's words seemed at odds with that statement yesterday, however. "We have identified the suspects involved and are gathering more evidence before we take further action," he said. The investigator also noted he had not ruled out the possibility of an inside job. The identities of those targeted have not been released, but the Independent reports the crime went down in July, with withdrawals beginning mid-month, and all the accounts are believed to be with HSBC. The culprits could face 10 years in jail or a fine of about $50,000 under Malaysia's Computer Crimes Act.

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Aug 16, 2014 10:20 AM CDT
the gore patrol has struck again i bet they bought russian vodka an cavair.
Chris Farley
Aug 15, 2014 12:39 PM CDT
Lets see. out of those choices for the culprit. Ill go wit the Bank took it.
Aug 15, 2014 10:00 AM CDT
What happened? Did Putin stop giving money to the "ukranian" terrorists? Didn't ukraine get some money from the BUK missile launchers when they took them back to the Russia after shooting down that plane?