Senior citizen sentenced to RM5,500 fine, 3 months’ jail for role in loan scams

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By William Isau

SIBU, March 24: A 63-year old woman from Batu Pahat, Johor who was involved in two loan scams was today fined a total of RM5,500 and jailed three months by the Magistrate’s Court here.

The accused, Tan Ah Aing, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Syukri Mokhtar under Section 37 (1) of the Sarawak Minor Offence Act 1958.

In the first charge, she pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of RM700 in her account.

According to the brief facts of the case, a 26-year-old female complainant from Sungai Merah here had on Sept 21 last year received a phone call purportedly from a money lending company in Kuala Lumpur.

As she was interested to take up a RM5,000 loan she sent back the agreement forms from the company. She was then asked to make an initial payment for the approval of the loan.

She made four transactions amounting to RM700 to the accused’s account. She realised that she had been cheated when she did not received the loan amount.

According to the brief facts of the case for the second charge, a 41-year-old woman from Bukit Assek had on September 22, 2021, received a call purportedly from HSBC’s loan division.

After going through the terms and conditions for the loan, she agreed to take out a loan for RM30,000.

She was however asked to make an advance payment which she did by transferring RM12,400 to the accused’s account.

When she failed to receive the loan, she lodged a police report. — DayakDaily