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Friday, 20 April 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Housewife charged with stealing and hiding RM4.9mil

PETALING JAYA: A housewife was charged with one count of misappropriation of property and eight counts of fraudulently assisting the concealment of money amounting to RM4.93mil for the purchase of a piece of land in Kuala Lumpur.

Chang Lin San, 34, pleaded not guilty to all the charges when she was brought before two magistrate’s courts here.

In the first court before magistrate Nor Ariffin Hisham, the woman was charged with dishonest misappropriation of property by withdrawing a total of RM1,555,168.08 belonging to Ong Khoon Hong from his CIMB Bank and Hong Leong Bank accounts for the purchase of the land.

She allegedly committed the offence at One South Mall, Serdang Perdana in Selangor between Dec 22, 2017, and Jan 12 this year.

The charge, under Section 403 of the Penal Code, carries imprisonment for up to five years and whipping and imprisonment, upon conviction.

In the second court before magistrate Nurshahira Abdul Salim, Chang faced eight counts of fraudulently assisting the concealment of RM3,378,191 belonging to eight companies by transferring the money into her CIMB Bank and Hong Leong Islamic Bank accounts, between August and October last year.

The charge, under Section 424 of the Code, carries a jail term of up to five years or fine or both, if found guilty.

Deputy public prosecutor Fazeedah Faik offered RM100,000 bail in one surety for the misappropriation of property charge, while deputy public prosecutor Abu Arsalnaa Zainal Abidin offered RM24,000 bail in one surety for the eight charges.

Defence lawyer Lim Poi Ying asked for a lower bail as the accused has a four-year-old child and had been cooperating with the police.

Nor Ariffin allowed Chang bail of RM50,000, while Nurshahira, RM16,000, both in one surety.

The courts fixed May 21 for remention. — Bernama