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Who’s who in 1MDB scandal: The men and women who did the leg work




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We know who are the main actors in the 1MDB scandal. From ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak (creator of the 1MDB) to the elusive Jho Low or the famous Malaysian playboy who tried to woo Miranda Kerr with expensive jewels.

We have heard a lot about them, including the step-son of Najib, Riza Aziz. Riza is the film producer behind the ‘Wolf of Wallstreet’, a US$100 million production that made him a lot of money.

Here are the names of the people who were doing the legwork for the central figure and one of the “key persons of interest” in the 1MDB saga, Low Taek Jho:

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Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil [1], Jasmine Loo [2], Tan Vern Tact [3] were at UBG Bhd when Jho Low was there.

Faisal and Loo later joined 1MDB. Faisal was Jho Low’s point man at 1MDB. Tan was a director of Jho Low’s Wynton Group.

Singaporean Seet Li Lin [4] was Low’s main operator and was CIO of Good Star Ltd, which received US$700 million from 1MDB. He posted on his Facebook account after the money was remitted by 1MDB, “I feel the earth moved under my feet.”

Tiffany Heah [5], a lawyer who worked at UBG and before that, at Wong & Partners. She was Jho Low’s main legal counsel. She is now with a law firm in Los Angeles.

Patrick Mahony [6], PetroSaudi’s head of mergers and acquisitions. Seet, Heah and Mahony met Jho Low in New York in August 2009 where they first discussed how to bring 1MDB to JV with PetroSaudi.

But besides the three main actors, there were the people who got short-circuited in Singapore.

Tim Leissner, a former senior Goldman Sachs banker based in Singapore, has been barred from the US securities industry.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in March last year issued a 10-year Prohibition Order (PO) against Leissner.

Three other individuals who were investigated by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on 1MDB-related matters, and consequently convicted by the Courts in Singapore, were also served the POs.

They are Jens Fred Sturzenegger, former branch manager of Falcon Private Bank Ltd, Singapore branch (Falcon Bank), Yak Yew Chee and Ms Yvonne Seah Yew Foong, both of whom were former employees of BSI Bank Limited (BSI Bank).

A former banker at the Swiss BSI, Yeo Jiawei, 34, pleaded guilty to money laundering and cheating in 2017.

Yeo was already serving a 30-month term on charges for destroying evidence during the investigation into illicitly transferred funds linked to 1MDB.

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