SHAH ALAM: Federal police today carried out a series of raids codenamed ‘Op Meow’ against a cat breeding chain following reports on the company’s alleged investment scam.
The operation carried out by Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Department (CCID) saw three Imadi Pet Global Sdn Bhd outlets in Johor, Kuala Lumpur and here visited by investigators, who seized documents including cat breed certificates.
CCID principal assistant director (corporate and financial crime) Senior Assistant Commissioner S. Sasikala Devi said police received more than 35 reports lodged against the company so far, involving losses amounting to RM1.56 million.
“Acting on the reports, we raided three Imadi Pet shops in Shah Alam, Setapak and Bandar Baru Uda in Johor Baru. However, the shop in Setapak was closed down two months ago.
“During the operation, we seized documents including cat breed certificates. Police are now looking for other cat owners who participated in the company's investment to facilitate investigations,” she said when met at Imadi Pet Shah Alam today.
Sasikala said initial investigations revealed that victims were duped into purchasing imported cats like Siberian, Scottish Fold, British Short Hair, among others, for between RM10,000 and RM30,000 each.
She said the cats would then be placed at Imadi Pet premises for breeding purposes, and that the victims were promised high returns when their cats give birth to kittens.
“Each kitten would be sold from RM7,000 and above, and victims were told that they could get up to RM50,000 a year.
“However, the victims said they have not received any returns from the company.”
Sasikala said police would detain Imadi Pet’s owner and manager. She also urged cat owners who have yet to lodge report to come forward.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.