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Thursday, 14 September 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Businessman slapped with five more charges of GST fraud

IPOH: A businessman facing seven charges of making fraudulent Goods and Services Tax (GST) claims was slapped with five more counts of a similar offence at the Sessions Court here.

Loo Peng Wah, 50, was charged with his wife Ng Lee Foon, 45, last month for making fraudulent claims amounting to RM745,838.

Loo was rearrested on Aug 30 as soon as the court granted him bail.

He was in the dock again yesterday, this time for making claims totalling RM363,769.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges under Section 89(1) (b) of the GST Act 2014 before Sessions Court judge Murtazadi Amran.

Loo, a registered person under the Act, was alleged to have made false statements amounting to RM363,769 in the GST-03 tax returns with the intention of obtaining credit for tax input against tax output at the state Customs head­quarters on separate occasions between December 2015 and April last year.

Prosecuting officer Mohd Safwan Fathy Yahaya asked for bail to be set at RM60,000 for each offence owing to the large amount involved.

Loo’s defence counsel Manjeet Kaur and Dalgit Singh asked for no additional bail or, if the court wished to impose it, for the amount to be reduced to RM10,000 for each charge.

“My client is suffering from high blood pressure and depression after being in police lock-up. He is unable to sleep,” Manjeet said, adding that Loo would be present in court each time he was required.

She added that he had already surrendered his passport to the court, and there was no danger of him absconding.

Judge Murtazadi set bail at RM20,000 in one surety for each charge and ordered the accused to report once a month to the nearest Customs office until the case was disposed.

He set Oct 12 for mention.

On Aug 30, Loo had claimed trial to seven charges and his wife to four charges under the same Act.