Ex-Assistant Bank Manager Pleads Not Guilty To Making RM76,901 In False Claims

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JOHOR BARU, Jul 18 – A former assistant bank manager pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here on 24 counts of cheating Ambank by making false claims totalling RM76,901, between June last year and early January this year. Zarinah Mohd Yusoff, 49, who is from Taman Impian Emas, here, allegedly cheated Kuala Lumpur Ambank by making false claims of between RM500 and RM7,300.

Zarinah, who stopped working in early January, was charged with committing the offence at the Ambank Taman Ungku Tun Aminah branch in Skudai here between June 19, 2015 and Jan 7 this year. All the charges were made under Section 420 of the Penal Code which provides for a jail sentence of between one and 10 years, and caning, as well as a fine, if found guilty.

Prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Asmah Zainal Ariffin who asked that a RM15,000 bail be imposed on all charges, with one surety. Counsel Muhammad Ashraff Mohd Diah asked that the court reduce the bail as the accused had stopped working and was not a flight risk.

In his plea, Muhammad Ashraff told the court that the accused had five children aged between 14 and 22 years, while her husband who was the guarantor, only earned RM4,500 a month as technical assistant with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) in Kempas here. Magistrate Noor Aisyah Ahmad allowed the accused bail of RM10,000 on all charges with one surety and fixed Aug 8 for a re-mention of the case. — Bernama

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