Former director weeps in court after being fined RM30k for cheating


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 25 Jan 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: A former construction company director broke down in tears when she was fined RM30,000 in default 20 months’ jail by a Sessions Court here for using two fake documents to deceive Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara).
 
For the first charge, Edayu Shafiee, 52, pleaded guilty to using a fake document as genuine dated March 15, 2011, with a contract value of RM325,263.50 for construction works at the Home Ministry in Jalan Duta.
 
The offence was committed at the Kepong/Batu/Segambut district Mara office on April 14, 2011.
 
For the second charge, Edayu admitted to a similar offence involving a fake document dated March 10, 2011, with contract value of RM168,837 for drainage upgrade behind a PKNS flat in Kampung Baru.
 
The offence was committed at Bukit Bintang/Titiwangsa district Mara office on April 4, 2011.
 
The charges under Section 471 of the Penal Code carry up to two years imprisonment or fine or both.
 
Earlier, Edayu, who was unrepresented, asked for a lenient sentence.
 
“I’m a zakat recipient since 2012. I have to care for my elderly parents and two adopted children who are still small.
 
“I can’t afford fines and I hope the court won’t give me jail time as my disabled father needs me,” she said.
 
Edayu said she was declared a bankrupt in 2010.
 
DPP Ahmad ‘Adha ‘Amir Yasser Amri said the accused had committed a serious crime and asked for a heavy sentence.
 
“Mara approved RM223,400 from the claims and this involves public funds. This loss isn’t just suffered by the Government, it is also a loss to the people.
 
“Until now, the money is not recovered,” he said.
 
Sessions Court judge Azura sentenced Edayu to RM10,000 fine in default 10 months’ jail for the first count and RM20,000 in default 10 months’ jail for the second count.

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