IPOH: A director of a property development company has claimed trial in a Magistrate’s Court to three counts of cheating involving RM300,000.
Chang Kok Kheong, 60, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out by an interpreter before magistrate Nabihah Mohd Noor yesterday.
According to the charge sheet, Chang had deceived one Low Chong Ban, 57, into investing in a non-existent student condominium project named Segi Enclave, and fraudulently received the amount as a deposit for the project.
The offence was committed on Oct 4, 2012, at Energiser Properties Sdn Bhd in Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil here where the transaction of RM100,000 each was made via three credit cards belonging to Low.
The charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of between one and 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Afiqah Izzati Mazlan asked the court for a RM10,000 bail for each offence.
Chang’s lawyer Charan Singh said his client was one of the directors of the company, and that he was facing another charge at a different court.
“He has no reason to abscond, and thus I request the court to set bail at RM10,000 for all three charges,” he added.
The magistrate allowed bail at RM20,000 with one surety for all three charges and fixed Aug 6 for case mention.
Meanwhile, in another Magistrate’s Court, a car sales dealer pleaded not guilty to charges of cheating and committing CBT involving a total of RM49,000.
Chong U Gene, 46, claimed trial to the two charges before magistrate Umzarulan-Nur Umar here.
For the first charge of cheating, Chong had allegedly deceived a property development company, Team Keris Bhd, into believing that he could get a permit for the tinting of windows of the company’s vehicle from the Road Transport Department.
He had then asked the company to deposit RM9,000 into his bank account.
The offence was carried out on Feb 27, 2018, at a bank along Persiaran Greenhill here. The charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of between one and 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.
For the second offence, under CBT, the same company entrusted Chong to sell its Mercedes Benz but he fraudulently took the money that he had received from a buyer amounting to RM40,000. The offence was carried out 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 of not less than one year, and not more than 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Asmaniza Mohammad sought for a bail of RM4,000 for the cheating case, while she did not ask for a bail for the second offence under CBT, which is a non-bailable offence.
However, Chong’s lawyers Sukhvinder Singh and Shassidaren Deva Sana Pathy requested for RM5,000 bail for both offences, should the magistrate decide to allow for bail for the CBT charge.
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 Sukhvinder.
Umzarulan-Nur set bail at RM4,000 for each offence with one surety and fixed July 19 for case mention.