JOHOR BARU: A company owner along with an agent have been charged at the Magistrate’s Court here with allegedly cheating a victim of RM2.5mil for a purported forest clearing project in Mersing.
Company owner Mad Nazri Kasbi, 46, and agent Mohd Yazzid Ahmad, 39, claimed trial when the charge was read before magistrate Mohd Farid Nazzrin Ahmad here yesterday.
According to the charge sheet, the duo allegedly cheated a 68-year-old man, who handed over the RM2.5mil cheque for the clearing projects in Jamaluang, Mersing.
They allegedly claimed the project had received approval from Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.
The offence was allegedly committed at an office at Pusat Perdagangan Danga Utama, Skudai, at about 2pm on April 11 last year.
Mad Nazri was represented by lawyer N. Rhubinii while Mohd Yazzid was represented by lawyer Shaik Saleem Daud.
Meanwhile, the case was prosecuted by deputy public prosecutor Chan Choon Yew.
Mohd Farid set bail at RM13,000 with one surety for each of the accused and set Dec 6 for next mention.
They were also required to hand over their passports and report to the nearest police station once a week. Both posted bail.
Separately, a Singaporean man was remanded for five days by another Magistrate’s Court here for allegedly trying to bribe a Malaysian Immigration enforcement officer.
The company director, 43, had allegedly given RM100 to the Immigration officer to allow him to enter Malaysia through the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL).
The case is being investigated under Section 17(b) of the Malay-sian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 where if convicted, he could be fined five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, and jailed for a maximum of 20 years.
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