KUALA LUMPUR: A former accountant of Melewar Apex Sdn Bhd has claimed trial in the Sessions Court to 160 charges of forging the company’s cheques for more than RM650,000 or having used them as genuine.
Affandi Mamat, 36, allegedly falsified the company’s cheques from three banks, Maybank, Chase Manhattan Bank and Phileo Allied Bank, on 80 occasions between July 14, 1998, and Aug 29, 2000.
Affandi, now a sponsorship manager of the Tun Abdul Razak Institute of Technology, could not raise the RM100,000 bail imposed by Sessions judge Akhtar Tahir yesterday.
He was also told to surrender his passport to the court pending trial at a date to be fixed.
The court has yet to decide whether to try all 160 charges together pending arguments by DPP Syed Faisal Syed Amir and counsel Haniff Khatri Abdulla on Oct 28.
Of the 160 charges, half are indictments for forgery.
He is accused of falsifying the cheques at Melewar Apex’s premises at Antah Tower off Jalan Kuching here while he was working as the company’s accounts manager.
Alternatively, he is charged with using the 80 forged cheques as genuine at Maybank in Pernas Sogo Business Centre in Jalan Raja Laut, Chase Manhattan Bank in Jalan Raja Chulan and Phileo Allied Bank in Jalan Sultan Ismail.
For each of the 160 charges, Affandi could face a jail term of up to 20 years and fine, if convicted.
His counsel, Haniff Khatri, had earlier asked for bail to be set lower than the RM100,000 requested by the prosecution.
Haniff said Affandi’s family could only raise RM20,000 and asked whether a land title could be used as a collateral.
“He is a divorcee and has a child to support. His elder sister is rushing here from Kelantan to bail him out,” said Haniff.
Judge Akhtar allowed the use of the land title as collateral.
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