Ex-MPSJ man jailed for fake invoices

SHAH ALAM - A former Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) community service assistant director was slapped with a four-year jail term and a whopping RM1.28mil (S$498,419) fine for submitting 15 fake invoices over the supply of Zon Bersih signboards and dumpsters.

Ahmad Faizal Azhar, 41, was also ordered to serve another 15 years in jail if he failed to pay the fine.

Prior to sentencing, Sessions Court judge Asmadi Husin said Ahmad Faizal's defence was merely a denial and had failed to raise reasonable doubt.

He allowed a stay pending an appeal at the High Court on the imprisonment term with a RM50,000 bail.

However, the judge did not allow a stay on the fine.

Ahmad Faizal was first charged in March with 15 counts of making the false submissions to MPSJ corporate and planning director Hamizun Mohd Basar and community development department director Haini Salleh at the MPSJ office on Jan 7, Nov 30 and Dec 30, 2011.

The fake invoices - namely from an individual and six companies - were for the supply of 98 Zon Bersih signboards and 460 dumpsters worth RM256,120. The items were never supplied.

Earlier, DPP Nor Azah Kasran from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission told the court that the MPSJ suffered huge losses as payment for the fake claims had gone through.

Lawyer Mohd Shahrullah Khan Nawab Zadah Khan said his client had no criminal record and asked for a shorter jail term.

Ahmad Faizal failed to pay the fine yesterday, and is now held at the Kajang Prison.