Malaysian cyber crime suspect James Kong continues to elude US authorities

The US Department of State, through its security arm, the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), has released a video seeking Malaysian James Kong Wan Shing who continues to elude US authorities over alleged cyber crimes, fraud and identity theft.

The US Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service identified Kong as the primary suspect in an investigation into fraudulent transactions through a consumer credit card service for health consumers.

They have identified the Penangite as a “sophisticated cyber criminal” who was the perpetrator of a multimillion dollar fraud case in Ohio. Kong, who turned 47 on April 1, also goes by the names of Mark Edward Bailey and Thomas Yoon Young.

Investigations by the US authorities showed Kong had used his knowledge of a service support centre’s computer systems to steal the account numbers of 1,000 customers and 95 participating service providers.

It was reported Kong had developed and managed software for three Southern California customer call centres of CareCredit LLC. The Ohio-based division of GE Money operates a card-based credit programme for health, vision, dental and veterinary expenses not covered by insurance.

Kong allegedly made fictitious and unauthorised charges to customer accounts and posed as health service provider to redirect payments into bank accounts in Asia.

On Dec 3, 2008, a 76-count federal indictment and arrest warrant was issued for Kong for bank fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud, computer fraud, identity theft and money laundering by the Grand Jury of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

In 2010, Kong allegedly falsified information by using aliases on different passport applications.

US authorities said Kong was last seen in Malaysia and have requested those with information to contact DSS at DSSMostWanted@state.gov or its toll-free number at 1-855-847-4377.