KUALA LUMPUR: If Chan Yue Hay had lived until today, he would have been an 80-year-old millionaire with a lavish lifestyle, having sold a piece of land for more than RM2mil in 1999.
But he was not even alive when that particular transaction took place.
In fact, he has been dead for over four decades.
Yesterday, an unemployed Singaporean with the same surname was charged in a Sessions Court here with impersonating Yue Hay with the deceased's identity card (250625-01-4309) to cheat the Land and Mines Department.
Chan Sian Chye, 68, is accused of deceiving Mat Salleh Khalid, an administrative assistant at the department's land acquisition unit, into handing him a Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Bhd cheque dated March 23, 1999, worth RM350,472.58 from the Malaysian Highway Authority.
The cheque was meant to be compensation from the authority for the acquisition of a section of land located at Lot 843GM1223 here which belonged to Yue Hay.
Sian Chye claimed trial to the charge, allegedly committed on March 25, 1999 at the Land and Mines Department here.
He had earlier claimed trial in a magistrate's court in Petaling Jaya to another count of cheating.
He was charged with deceiving one Ong Chin Hoe into believing that he was the man who owned the piece of land.
As a result of the act allegedly committed on Oct 28 the same year at Sian Chye's lawyer's office, the company manager made a RM2.075mil payment to the firm of Messrs C.Y. Choong & Assoc.
Both charges, under Section 420 of the Penal Code, carry a maximum 10-year jail term with whipping and possible fine.
Judge Rosenani Abd Rahman set bail at RM50,000 in two Malaysian sureties and fixed Sept 11 to 15 for the first case's trial.
A Sessions Court in Petaling Jaya will decide on bail for Sian Chye's second case on Friday.