Uzbekistani who used another woman's IC to get medical treatment at HKL jailed three years


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A single mother from Uzbekistan has been jailed for three years by the Magistrate's Court here for cheating the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) by using an identity card belonging to another person to obtain treatment at the hospital for seven years.

Arslanova Oksana Leonidovna, 39, had passed herself off as Kerinjeet Kaur Tharam Singh, 48, using a copy of an identity card bearing the name of Kerinjeet Kaur, to seek treatment at the hospital at 10am, on Dec 31, last year.

Magistrate Fardiana Haryanti Ahmad Razali meted out the punishment on the accused after she pleaded guilty to the charge, which was read in Bahasa Melayu by a court interpreter.

Leonidovna was sentenced under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which provides a jail term of not less than a year and a maximum of 10 years, caning and also a fine.

She was also jailed a month after pleading guilty to a charge of entering the country without a valid pass.

Leonidovna was charged with committing the offence at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters commercial crime investigation division in Jalan Dang Wangi, here, at 2.30pm on Jan 4 under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigrations Act 1959/63 and was punished under Section 6(3) of the same act.

The court ordered the accused to undergo both the punishments simultaneously effective from the date of arrest on Dec 31 last year.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Hanis Anisha Jamilludin urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence in proportion to the offences as a lesson to the accused.

The accused, who was not represented, appealed for a light sentence as she was a single mother with four children. – Bernama

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