IPOH: A car salesman claimed trial in a Magistrate’s Court here to charges of cheating and committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving a total of RM49,000.
Chong U Gene, 46, pleaded not guilty to the two charges before magistrate Umzarulan-Nur Umar.
On the first charge of cheating, Chong allegedly deceived a property development company, Team Keris Bhd, into believing that he could get a permit approval for the tinting of windows for the company’s vehicle from the Road Transport Department.
He asked the company to bank in RM9,000 into his account.
The offence took place on Feb 27, 2018 at about 4.44pm at a bank along Persiaran Greenhill here.
The charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment between one and 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.
On the second offence, under CBT, the same company entrusted Chong to sell its Mercedes Benz, whereupon he fraudulently took the money he received from a buyer amounting to RM40,000.
The offence took place on March 14, 2018 at the TKB Tower Square on Jalan Sultan Nazrin Shah.
The charge under Section 409 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment not less than one year, and not more than 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Asmaniza Mohammad requested that the court impose a bail of RM4,000 for the cheating case, but did not ask for a bail for the second offence under CBT, which is a non-bailable offence.
Chong’s lawyers Sukhvinder Singh and Shassidaren Deva Sana Pathy requested for RM5,000 bail for both offences, if the court would use its discretion in giving bail for CBT.
They said their client had a 72-year-old father, a mother suffering from cancer, and a seven-year-old child to look after.
“He is the sole breadwinner of the family, and he had gone to the police station when he was required to do so.
“He has also been in remand for five days, and there is no reason for him to abscond,” said Sukvinder.
Umzarulan-Nur set bail at RM4,000 for each offence with one surety, and set July 19 for case mention.