SHAH ALAM - A former company director was sentenced to seven years in jail for using company funds to pay for his tax and other personal financial obligations.
The Sessions Court here found Lee Poh Wah, 43, guilty of five counts of criminal breach of trust.
He had used 53 cheques for his personal tax payment to the Inland Revenue Board via an advance payment as well as schedular tax deductions (STD). All the cheques amounted to about RM 110,000 (S$43,000).
Lee also used the funds to pay instalments for a lorry registered to a business which he co-owns, a car registered to his wife's name and his insurance premiums.
Judge M. Bakri Abdul Majid said Lee's defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt in the case.
Lawyer Zamri Ibrahim urged the court to mete out a lenient sentence as his client was the sole breadwinner in the family.
"This offence is not of violent nature, it was a mere dispute in the company's management," he said.
Zamri also asked for a stay in execution pending an appeal, which was allowed by M. Bakri.
The court increased bail from RM20,000 to RM30,000 with two sureties. DPP Siti Syakimah Ibrahim appeared for the prosecution.