"My husband had been partners with the brothers for almost 10 years. So when they called on January 16 and asked him to bring along cash, he did not hesitate," she told the paper.
Usharani said she called the brothers when her husband did not return and they told her he had been arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into Malaysia.
The daily quoted police sources as saying that Allal was one of the four missing persons believed linked to the brothers. The others were three ethnic-Indian Malaysians who had gone missing over the past three years.
Residents of the idyllic fishing village near the site of the murders in the sleepy Tanjung Sepat region were Tuesday still in shock over the gruesome affair.
Mostly fisherman and workers in nearby palm oil estates, residents of Taman Endah, which is famous for its seafood, gathered at a bridge overlooking the Kancung Laut river as police divers searched for remains and murder weapons.
Villagers said they were shocked at the allegations against the pair who were seen locally as pillars of the community, and known for their charitable works and free legal services for the needy.
G. Krishnan, 60, said he had known the brothers since they were five years old and said their family was a prominent one in the area.
"They have helped out foreign Indian workers who have not been paid, they have also highlighted the plight of locals who need assistance from authorities, they also help people out financially," he said.
Newspaper reports said Sosilawati had hired one of the brothers to handle a land deal in Penang state which then fell through, and she had been seeking the return of her money.
A Malaysian Bar Council official told AFP that the two brothers were disbarred in November last year but were appealing against the decision.
"The two had misrepresented themselves as advocates and solicitors by furnishing false power-of-attorney documents and in unsavoury conveyancing practices," he said.