Investigations have revealed that several crypto mining centres run by syndicate members are owned by senior officers of enforcement agencies, a source told Bernama.
The revelation came after a Perak-based enforcement officer was arrested early today.
The 34-year old suspect had allegedly received payment of RM12,000 a month to protect crypto mining centres in the state.
He is currently on remand for five days.
The Magistrate Court in Ipoh issued the remand after the arrest of a tycoon who is said to have control of over 500 illegal crypto mining operations nationwide.
Last Monday a nationwide operation resulted in the arrest of 18 local men including the syndicate’s mastermind.
Meanwhile the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur today has also ordered the remand of a company director for four days.
The 330year old was arrested at the MACC office yesterday for allegedly bribing a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) officer to get electricity supply for crypto mining.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said that electricity theft by a bitcoin mining syndicate from 2018 to 2021 has caused losses of over RM2.3 billion to the government.