SEREMBAN (Bernama): Former Negri Sembilan defender Matheus Fernandes Vila Real was fined RM8,000 in default 10 months’ jail by the Sessions Court here after pleading guilty to submitting false documents for a money transfer application in September.
Matheus, 28, who is from Brazil, was alleged to have cheated Nur Farlida Asro Ramzi Sulaiman, 33, a representative of CIMB Bank in Seremban by deceiving her that the remittance application form and fake invoices for the purchase of 5,825 units of "dye ink" amounting to RM48,879.91 dated Sept 23 in the name of Wind Pacific Consulting Ltd was a true document for the approval of the online money transfer.
The accused, allegedly committed the offence on Sept 30, 2020, and was charged under Section 417 of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum jail term of five years, or a fine, or both.
The charge was read out before Judge Madihah Harullah by a court interpreter in Portuguese on Tuesday (Nov 17).
The prosecution was handled by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) DPP Mohamad Azriff Firdaus Mohamad Ali while Matheus was not represented.
Earlier, during mitigation, the accused said he regretted the act and apologised for the fact he did not understand the laws and procedures of money transfer in this country, and he wanted to support his family in Brazil.
"I do understand that my contact with the club (Negri Sembilan Football Association) has expired and I don’t have any job or any source of income. I hope this case will be solved and I can go back to Brazil,” said the player who wore a grey hoodie.
He then paid the fine.
Matheus previously played with several football clubs in his home country. - Bernama
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