Court Ordered RBTR and Five Others to Pay Over RM13 Million in Restitution
5 April 2021  |   Kuala Lumpur

The Kuala Lumpur High Court had on 30 March 2021, ordered RBTR Asset Management Berhad and five other defendants to pay RM13.352 million in restitution for their role in the Euro Deposit Investment (EDI) scheme.
The Court ordered the defendants’ assets be traced and paid to the SC in order to compensate the EDI scheme investors. The Court has also declared that RBTR, who was an SC-licensed fund manager, had breached its obligations and/or duties under the fund manager guidelines and failed to conduct due diligence to safeguard investor monies.

The SC had on 2009 filed a civil suit against RBTR and five other defendants, namely:

  1. RBTR
  2. Locke Guarantee Trust Limited (LGT), New Zealand
  3. Locke Capital Investments Ltd (LCI), British Virgin Island
  4. Isaac Paul Ratnam (Issac Ratnam)
  5. Joseph Lee Chee Hock (Joseph Lee)
  6. Nicholas Chan Weng Sung (Nicholas Chan)

The SC had, on 17 May 2012, revoked RBTR’s Capital Markets Services Licence (CMSL).

The civil suit was filed following the SC’s investigations in August 2009 into the EDI scheme, after receiving complaints from investors. A total of 106 investors were misled into participating in the scheme which promised, among others, an annual return of 8% to be paid upon maturity. Investors had been led to believe that their investments were deposited into an “AAA” rated European bank with full capital and income protection. A total of RM13.352 million, in particular investments maturing in February 2009 - May 2009, was unpaid.

The EDI scheme was marketed by RBTR together with LGT and LCI, both of which held themselves as a Fund Manager in Malaysia in association with RBTR. The other defendants, Nicholas Chan and Joseph Lee, were directors of LGT and LCI, whilst Isaac Ratnam was an individual associated with the operations of the two companies.


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