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Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 7:23:58 AM
IPOH: A former bank employee and one of his four accomplices charged with pawning and selling fake gold at a bank here requested for a lower bail after they were unable to settle the initial amount set by the magistrate’s court.
The bail for Mohammad Tahassam, 62, and his accomplice Burhan Alang, 41, were set at RM15,000 and RM8,000 respectively when they were charged on Friday.
Counsel Zulkifli Ramli said Mohammad was a pensioner with school-going children and his 61-year-old wife was not working.
Although Mohammad was running a small business, he said his client was unable to afford the RM15,000 bail.
“As for Burhan, he is the sole breadwinner of his family and he has an 80-year-old ailing mother to care for,” he said.
Magistrate Nur Syafiqah Noorinda then lowered the bail for Mohammad to RM12,000 and Burhan’s to RM7,000. Both posted bail.
On Friday, Mohammad, a former bank employee of Agrobank, was charged with four counts of cheating the bank of RM131,450 with four accomplices by pawning off fake gold items on Sept 11, 2011.
Mohammad is accused of pawning off seven lockets and one ring with the help of Muzapar Azidin, 39, nine lockets and one ring with the help of Mohd Noor Yaakop, 65, eight lockets with the help of Burhan and thirteen lockets and three rings with the help of Mohd Azrul Zakaria, 39.
Muzapar, Mohd Noor and Mohd Azrul posted the RM8,000 bail each on the day they were charged. Nur Syafiqah set the next mention date on Nov 21.
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