Couple plead guilty to faking husband’s death to claim Socso payout

Both accused being escorted by police officers at the Kuching Court Complex.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Oct 21: A housewife and her husband pleaded guilty to cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property of the Social Security Organisation (Socso) by faking the husband’s death to claim Socso compensation.

Hamidah Talaha, 45 and Mansor Idris, 46, pleaded guilty to a total of 15 charges under Section 420 of the Penal Code at three different Magistrate’s Courts here today.

Magistrates Mohd Syukri Mokhtar, Zubaidah Sharkawi and Zaiton Anuar fixed November 3 to pass sentence on both accused.

The couple were allowed to be released on court bail of RM30,000.

They were charged with cheating Abdul Muliandi Abdul Nulluk, an executive officer of Socso, by inducing him to believe that the compensation claims for Mansor, and deceived him to disbursing monthly compensation amounting to RM1,354.17 per month between August 2019 and October 2020. A total of RM26,019.40 was paid out.

Hamidah was charged with pretending to be a widow and handing a death certificate to the said Socso officer claiming that her husband Mansor had passed away.

Abdul Muliandi found out that he had been cheated when a People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) officer who was from the same kampung as Mansor told Abdul Muliandi that Mansor is still alive.

Abdul Muliandi then lodged a police report for further action. — DayakDaily