Pensioner fined RM30 over RM103,650 in bank account
Published on: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Kota Kinabalu: A 73-year-old government pensioner was fined RM30 or five days jail by the Magistrate’s Court here for fraudulently having RM103,650 in her bank account.

Fatimah Isnin pleaded guilty before Magistrate Afiq Agoes to having the money which belonged to one Alvin Andzin Anjin between Nov 21, 2018 and Nov 26 the same year.

The charge stated that Fatimah failed to account satisfactorily on how she obtained the money.

The charge under Section 22A (1) of the Minor Offences Ordinance which provides for a fine of up to RM100 or up to three months jail or both on conviction.

During mitigation, counsel Azhier Farhan, representing Fatimah, submitted that Fatimah, who was a former headmistress, was persuaded to give up her personal bank accounts details to an online scam syndicate under the pretence that a facebook friend of four years which she acquainted from Facebook required help to transfer a money from the United States to a bank account in Malaysia.

Azhier said on account of trust and sheer thoughtlessness, Fatimah gave up her personal bank account details to the syndicate and that unbeknownst to her, her bank accounts were in fact had been wrongfully used for fraudulent activities until early this year when she was informed of such situation by the police.

After being informed the same by the police, Fatimah took immediate action to close all her bank accounts, said Azhier, adding that Fatimah was also a victim of circumstances who genuinely had fallen to the syndicate ruse.  

Inspector Lim Swee Beng, prosecuting, applied for an appropriate sentence.

In another case, a 20-year-old woman was ordered to pay a fine of RM1,200 or two months jail for having illegal gambling paraphernalia.

Nurhidaya Abu Bakar admitted to committing the offence at 3.30pm on Dec 18, 2019 at Putatan Weekly tamu.

The court heard that Nurhidaya was detained during a raid by a police team who found two illegal lottery tickets and other items for the activity.

A RM130 cash was also seized from Nurhidaya said the prosecution.

The charge under Section 9(1) of the Common Gaming House Act carries a jail term of up to six months, or fine of up to RM3,000, or both, on conviction.

The court ordered the RM130 to be forfeited.



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