Selangor Journal
Image for illustration purposes only. — Picture by PEXELS

Business consultant pleads not guilty to cheating charges involving Mitra funds

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — A business consultant pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court today to 15 counts of cheating involving over RM300,000 of Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra) funds three years ago.

The charges state the accused, P. Anbalahgan, 61, is alleged to have cheated Mitra Training Education Section Assistant Director, R. Kavithah, by inducing her to believe that several documents handed over were genuine.

They include three Hong Leong bank statements and eight official receipts under the name Bengkel Motor Steben, four invoices presented in the periodic report and the final report of the Performance of the Socio-economic Development Programme for the Malaysian Indian Community of the National Unity Ministry, dated April 14, 2020.

This induced Kavithah to deposit RM331,047 into Bengkel Motor Steben’s account.

All the offences were allegedly committed at Mitra at the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya on April 14 and December 3, 2020.

The charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code provides for a prison sentence of not less than one year and not more than ten years with whipping and a fine upon conviction.

Anbalahgan also pleaded not guilty to 15 alternative charges on the same offences allegedly committed at the same place and time.

Judge Suzana Hussin fixed bail at RM20,000, to be paid in three instalments by October 11 as requested by the accused, with one surety for all the charges.

She then set November 3 for case mention.

— Bernama

Top Picks

Kelantan evacuees dip, Johor slightly up from flash floods at nightfall

Editor Selangor Journal

COP28: Malaysia hopes for togetherness in addressing climate change — Minister

Editor Selangor Journal

Queen hopes Pahang Regent’s climate action will inspire people

Editor Selangor Journal