A Vietnamese couple was arrested in Malaysia Tuesday for offering loan shark services.
New Straits Times said Malaysian immigration officials arrested the unnamed 28-year-old man and 27-year-old woman at a house in the western coastal city of Nilai at 4 a.m., acting on a tip-off.
The couple was found with 18 automated teller machine cards belonging to locals and around US$725 in cash.
Investigations found they had been legally working at a local factory before disappearing early last month, when they allegedly began working as loan sharks, targeting people unable to obtain loans from banks or other legal sources. The illegal service is known as "Ah Long" in Malaysia and Singapore.
Police are still investigating to determine whether the couple was running their own service or had been employed by a local person or firm.
Director of Malaysia's state immigration department Faizal Fazri Othman said the Nilai raid also uncovered many other foreigners with immigration offences, including a Vietnamese couple with a 6-month-old baby.
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