Saudi authorities have nabbed five Pakistani men for allegedly laundering illegal money out of the kingdom, local media reported on Saturday.
The police arrested the expatriates in Medina for collecting and smuggling unspecified amounts outside the kingdom. In addition, the authorities also confiscated cash from the suspects which, according to the police, was being arranged for being transferred out of the country through illegal means.
“Police also found in their possession cash amounts of unknown origin,” an official told the media.
According to the Saudi police, there was a contradiction in the statements given by the suspects. The expatriates have now been referred to public prosecution for interrogation.
The arrests come as Saudi authorities double down on their crackdown on financial frauds and have reported several arrests in the kingdom over suspected malpractices and money fraud.
In April this year, 24 Pakistani men were arrested for allegedly defrauding innocent people of SR35 million in several scams.