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Having fake Mykad: Filipina jailed
Published on: Wednesday, September 09, 2020
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Rowena being escorted from the courthouse.
Kota Kinabalu: A 38-year-old Filipina, who bought a fake identification document for RM5,000, was sentenced to 20 months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here for using a fake identification document.

Rowena Llenado, who appeared before Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie, changed her plea to guilty to the charge during pre-trial of the case on Tuesday.

She pleaded guilty to having a fake identification card copy (laminate) bearing the number of 820728-12-6006 under her name as her identification document at 9.30am on July 3, in a unit at Block L of the Universiti Apartment 2 (UA2).

She had on July 7 claimed trial to the charge under Regulation 25 (1) (e) Regulations National Registration 1990 (Amended 2007) provides for a jail term of up to three years or fine or up to RM20,000 or both on conviction.

Earlier, National Registration Department (NRD) prosecuting officer Nurul Fatieza Abdullah in presenting the facts of the case, told the court that the Department’s enforcement team who inspected Rowena’s document following an information, arrested her after she produced a fake document.

The court heard that a check on Rowena’s both thumbprints found that they were not existed in the Department’s record.

Further review on the number appeared on the said document found that it was never been issued by the NRD and that Rowena status was non-citizen.

Counsel PJ Perira in representing Rowena, requested for a lenient sentence on the grounds that she was a single mother of three children.

When asked by the court on how she obtained the fake document, Rowena said that she bought it from her husband’s uncle for RM5,000.

Nurul Fatieza applied for a deterrent sentence on the grounds that the use of fake identity cards with citizen status by non-citizen individuals will definitely affect the sovereignty and security of our country. The court ordered Rowena to be referred to the Immigration Department after serving her sentence.

In another case, a 38-year-old man was fined RM2,500 or two months jail for dishonestly concealing someone else’s RM6,200 in his bank account.

Norazmi Mohamad admitted to removing the money belonging to one Cyril Cosmas between Fen 28 and Mac 2 this year at a unit at Country Height Apartment in Penampang.

The charge, under Section 424 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to five years, or with fine, or both, if found guilty.

Norazmi of Malacca requested for leniency by saying that he has a family to look after. Inspector Albert Basiri prosecuted, applied for an appropriate sentence.



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