Police are looking for 21 lawyers allegedly involved in 39 criminal breach of trust and cheating cases, amounting to RM30.4 million
According to Zakaria, five of the rogue lawyers have fled the country
He added that the other 16 are believed to still be in Malaysia.
"The police have already screened these lawyers and all of them are not staying in their recorded address," he said at a press conference at the Federal CCID headquarters today, 4 October.
"These lawyers have been disbarred by the Bar Council, which means they can't practice anymore," he added, as quoted by theSundaily.
It is also learned that many of the lawyers, aged between 34 and 69, cheated their clients while handling property purchases
"The victims put their trust in these lawyers and in some cases, it took them a while to realise that they have been duped because the lawyers gave them all sorts of excuses," the director continued.
He said the cases were recorded from 2012 to 2019.
Zakaria also encouraged the public to check a lawyer's status with the Bar Council before hiring them.
One of the lawyers, Michael Persius Ubu, is also wanted by the Malaysian Corruption Commission (MACC)