PETALING JAYA: An assistant manager of the Employees Provident Fund pleaded not guilty in a Sessions Court to cheating, abetting and using forged documents in the illegal withdrawal of RM150,000.
Aziz Endut, 47, was accused of abetting with Indonesian Nur Chahaya Abd Malik in using a fake identity card to induce bank staff into believing the latter was the genuine holder of a joint account of Masayu Abdul Talib, 20, and Mohd Daud Mohamed Tahir, 44.
Aziz was also charged with abetting Nur Chahaya in using the IC with Masayu’s name to attempt to withdraw the money from the joint account.
He was also alleged to have used a fake IC with the name Mohd Daud Mohamed Tahir to open a joint savings account in the name of Masayu and Mohd Daud. The offences were said to have been committed at the Public Bank Berhad in Jalan Genting Kelang and Bandar Baru Sungei Buloh between Dec 20 and Feb 17.
The charge under the Penal Code carries up to 20 years jail, fine and whipping.
DPP Sallehuddin Saidin asked the court for a joint trial for the three charges on grounds that the offences involved a same transaction and that the trial be heard with another case involving Nur Chahaya. He urged the court to fix bail at RM100,000 saying that the offence was serious and there was a high possibility that Aziz would abscond.
“The accused had tried to escape when the case was first exposed and the police had difficulty detecting him,” he said.
However, counsel Md Radzi Mustafa applied for a lower bail saying the court should take into account that the offences only meant that “there was an attempt to withdraw certain amount from EPF.”
“Aziz took leave to return to his hometown to visit his sick mother. At the time of arrest, he was only at a coffee shop. If he had intended to escape he would have gone to an isolated area and not a public place,” he added.
Judge Wan Afrah Wan Ibrahim fixed bail at RM60,000 with one surety and April 21 for mention. She also ordered Aziz to surrender his international passport and other travel documents to the court.