Local pleads not guilty to cheating man of RM41,710

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Nov 19: A 51-year-old local man on Monday was charged with cheating an individual of RM41,710 at Miri Sessions Court in connection with a non-existent project to repair dilapidated schools.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty when the interpreter read the charge out before Judge Steve Ritikos.

The accused was charged with deceiving a 46-year-old man, persuading him to pay the amount in order to become the contractor for the project.

The alleged offence was committed between May 8, 2015 around 3.54pm and July 29, 2015 around 2.15pm, whereby the accused is alleged to have instructed the victim to deposit the sum into his bank account.

The accused is charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, for which he is liable to a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, fine or both, upon conviction.

ASP Koay Kok Ping prosecuted while the accused was represented by Firdaus Morshidi.

The court set bail at RM5,000 with two local sureties and fixed December 9 for pre-trial case management (PTCM). — DayakDaily