JOHOR BARU: A former senior manager of an international trading company has pleaded not guilty to 115 counts of false claims by issuing unauthorised purchase orders amounting to over RM101mil at a Sessions Court.
Foo Tseh Wan (pic), 39, was accused of having committed the offences at Menara MAA in Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir here between Dec 19, 2014, and May 7 last year.
He was said to have deliberately deceived his superior by issuing the purchase orders for plastic resin without permission.
The purchase orders were directed to three companies, two of which were linked to his brother.
Foo was charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act.
He now faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of not less than five times the amount involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
MACC prosecuting officer Noor Fazlin Hamdan requested for bail to be set at RM1.15mil – at RM10,000 for each charge - in view of the gravity and seriousness of the offences.
However, counsel Mohd Fauzi Mohd Zain, who stood in for Foo’s lawyer V. Rajandevan, said the accused, who was recently divorced, had been ordered to pay RM1.5mil in alimony for his three young children.
Foo, said Mohd Fauzi, also no longer held a permanent job since resigning from his post in June last year and had been cooperative with the authorities.
Judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz then allowed bail at RM400,000 with two sureties and fixed May 15 for mention. Foo paid the bail.