Businessman sentenced 24 months' jail, fined $7,700 for cheating

Businessman sentenced 24 months' jail, fined $7,700 for cheating

KUALA LUMPUR - A businessman was sentenced to a total of 24 months' jail and fined RM20,000 (S$7,700) by a Sessions Court here after he was found guilty to two counts of using false documents to cheat two government agencies four years ago.

Sessions Court judge Mat Ghani Abdullah handed dowwn the decision after the defence had failed to prove reasonable doubt in Muhammad Kin Eezaz Abdullah, 44, case on Tuesday.

Judge Mat Ghani ordered Muhammad Kin to be jailed 12 months and fined RM10,000 for dishonestly using as genuine a document, "A letter to approve intellectual property registration application process".

The letter was aimed at approving and expediate his application process to register intellectual property where he had reason to believe that the document was fake.

He also sentenced Muhammad Kin another 12 months' jail and fined RM10,000 for dishonestly using a forged document, "Application letter to extend the registration of car plate number and transfer of name".

The letter was for the purpose to extend the registration period of four vehicles bearing four different plate numbers and the transfer of name from Low Wai Kin to Muhammad Kin Eezaz Abdullah Tg Ampuan Bahriya.

However, judge Mat Ghani ordered the jail sentences to run concurrently from yesterday (Apr 1). Meaning, Muhammad Kin served only 12 months' imprisonment.

The prosecution had called up 12 witnesses while the defence one witness during the trial.

The offences were committed at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia from May 13 to June 7, 2010 and licensing division, Road Transport Department headquarters in Putrajaya on May 5, 2010, each.

Muhammad Kin was charged under Section 471 of the Penal Code, which was punishable under Section 465 of the same act.

Earlier in asking for leniency, Muhammad Kin's counsel Haniff Khatri Abdullah said his client suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

Haniff said his father was not well and later applied for a fine to be imposed against his client.

Later, judge Mat Ghani also granted Haniff's application for a stay against the jail sentence pending appeal. However, Muhammad Kin needed to pay the fine.

Deputy public prosecutor Aida Mastura Mohamed Aman said if the court imposed a fine against the accused, it would not serve any lesson to him.

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