JOHOR BARU: A former senior manager of an international trading company pleaded not guilty at a Sessions Court here to 27 counts of presenting false purchase order documents amounting to RM50.9mil two years ago.
Foo Tseh Wan, 40, made the plea when the charges were read to him before judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir yesterday.
Previously, the accused appeared in court for the charge of 115 counts of false claims by issuing unauthorised purchase orders amounting to over RM101.64mil two years ago, and in January, he appeared for another charge of 13 counts of money laundering amounting to RM500,000.
According to the charge sheets, Foo, a former agent to Toyota Tsusho (M) Sdn Bhd, presented 27 false purchase order documents to Toyota Tsusho for the purpose of auditing.
In the purchase orders, Foo claimed that eight companies had placed orders for plastic resins despite there being no such orders.
The eight companies included Metro Wealth Polymer (nine), United More Sdn Bhd (four), Classic Advantange (four), Helistrom Sdn Bhd (four), Pintarmas Sdn Bhd (three), Tylon Manufacturing (one), Munivac Sdn Bhd (one) and Sunningdale Sdn Bhd (one).
He allegedly committed the offence at the Toyota Tsusho Johor Baru branch office at Jalan Dato’ Abdullah Tahir, between 8am and 5pm on May 27 and 28, 2015.
He was charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) 2009 Act which is punishable under Section 24 of the same act and carries a jail term of up to 20 years and fine of five times the amount involved, or RM10,000 whichever is higher.
MACC deputy public prosecutor Mahadi Abdul Jumaat did not offer a new bail except for the RM450,000 bail from Foo’s previous cases. He suggested that the next mention of the case be held together with Foo’s two previous cases.
The court fixed June 20 for next mention and set bail at RM450,000. Foo was represented by lawyer Elina Abdul Rashid while Magita Hari Mogan was the legal observer for Toyota Tsusho.