The wife of former Malaysian premier Najib Razak – Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor – is set to be formally charged with as many as 20 counts of money laundering in a case linked to Malaysia’s state investment fund 1MDB.
This comes after it was learnt that recently, investigators had “tied up all the loose ends” in their probe into Madam Rosmah, the New Straits Times reported.
Madam Rosmah, 66, was also questioned by investigators from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in June in an interview believed to be linked to the probe on SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.
One charge is said to pertain to the purchase of hormone-based anti-ageing products from the United States worth just over RM$1 million (US$241,368).
Investigators believed that funds from SRC International were allegedly used to purchase the oral dietary supplements, which are said to be able to enhance growth hormone levels by more than 600 per cent.
Sources cited by New Straits Times said a cheque for more than RM$1 million was made out to a “Datuk” doctor in February 2015 for the purchase of two sets of medication worth in excess of RM$500,000 each.
A similar account number, from records said to be from the probes that allegedly linked Najib to a now-closed AmIslamic account (Kuala Lumpur branch), was visible on the cheque issued to the doctor.
The account was believed to have been closed weeks after the payment was made.
The doctor has told investigators that the cheque was made out for the purchase of “two sets of medication”.
New Straits Times reported that a cheque from the same account for RM$100,000 was allegedly made out, also in February 2015, to a company for construction work at a house in Taman Duta.
The home is the known address of Najib and his wife. The payment was supposedly for work done on a sentry post and a room, among other things.
Her husband Najib was last month charged with money laundering over electronic transfers of RM$42 million from SRC International into his personal bank account. He pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.