KL company owner charged with duping Taiwanese

KUALA LUMPUR - A company owner has been charged in a Sessions Court here with duping a Taiwanese businesswoman to transfer US$66,000 (US$81,853) to a bank in Hong Kong.

Izrini Azura Pungot, 28, the owner of IAIL Enterprise, is accused of inducing Lee Jih Hsiang into believing that she could transfer Lee's investment from Maybank Malaysia branch to HSBC Hong Kong branch.

Izrini had asked Lee to make payment to the Finance Ministry first in order to obtain a "statement of fund intent".

Lee then handed over the money via telegraphic transfer into IAIL Enterprise's account.

Izrini was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which provides a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping and shall also be liable to a fine, if convicted.

She allegedly committed the offence at the Standard Chartered Bank Kepong branch between Oct 1 and 2.

Izrini claimed trial to the charge before Judge Murtazadi Amran.

Deputy public prosecutor Ha­de­riah Siri offered bail at RM50,000 (S$19, 682)

Judge Murtadazi allowed bail at RM35,000 in one surety and or­dered her to surrender her passport and report at the nearest police station on the first day of each month until disposal of the case. The court later set Nov 29 for mention.