Ex-director faces 10 more charges in RM46m fraud


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Dec 2004

BY M. MAGESWARI

KUALA LUMPUR: A former executive director of a pharmaceutical company, who made headlines recently for being the first in the country to be charged with money laundering, was slapped with 10 other charges yesterday. 

Dr Hamimah Idruss, 55, was charged with abetting her ex-worker in forging 10 promissory notes worth a total of US$12mil (RM45.6mil).  

She is accused of committing the offence with Yusaini Wan Abi Sabian, 35, at Safire Pharmaceuticals (M) Sdn Bhd in Sri Damansara here between March 1 and March 10 last year.  

Dr Hamimah claimed trial to all 10 charges.  

Dr Hamimah

Yusaini is alleged to have forged the promissory notes amounting to US$1.2mil (RM4.56mil) each, which belonged to the company, for sale.  

If found guilty, Dr Hamimah, from Perak, could be jailed up to seven years and fined for each of the offences. 

On April 23, Dr Hamimah had been charged with laundering a total of RM37mil obtained from unlawful activities abroad – making her the first person to be prosecuted under the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001. 

Dr Hamimah faced seven charges of receiving proceeds from unlawful activities using her joint bank account with her daughter and the bank accounts of her company and five other firms.  

The doctor had claimed trial to all seven charges under the same offence at a Sessions Court here.  

She was then charged under Section 4 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, which carries a maximum fine of RM5mil or a jail term of up to five years or both, if convicted. 

On April 28, she was charged with receiving US$1,126,607.50 (RM4,281,108.50) via the account of Megbridge Sdn Bhd at the Damansara Utama branch of OCBC Bank (M) Bhd. 

Dr Hamimah had denied receiving the sum on June 10 last year when she was charged in the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court. 

She was to have been on trial for these two cases yesterday, when the prosecution decided to slap her with the 10 charges. 

DPP Dzulkifli Ahmad asked the court for a joint trial with the accused's two other cases.  

Counsel Puspam Subramaniam replied that she did not have any objections to this.  

Judge Akhtar Tahir, who allowed the request for the joint trial, ordered that the accused's previous bail of RM800,000 be maintained and set June 27 for hearing. 

Deputy Public Prosecutors Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi and Budiman Lutfi also appeared for the prosecution.  

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