Melaka couple in the dock, accused of hatching egg scam

ALOR GAJAH: A married couple has claimed trial at a Magistrate's Court here for alleged impersonation and fraud in the sale of eggs.

Mohamed Hafiz Ibrahim and his wife Hafiezah Roslan, both 35, entered a plea of not guilty before Magistrate Nurul Bahiyah Kamaluddin on Wednesday (March 22).

On the first charge, they allegedly cheated a trader by the name of Muhammad Syafiq Bashir Ahmed, 32, to supply 4,245 trays of chicken eggs that prompted the victim to deposit a total of RM52,990 into their account.

The offence allegedly took place at Lot 942, Simpang Ampat here between Dec 13 last year and Jan 13.

The couple was charged with an offence under Section 417 of the Penal Code for cheating, which carries a maximum five-year jail term or fine or both upon conviction.

The court granted bail of RM4,500 to each accused.

Mohamed Hafiz also faced two separate charges for impersonating an army officer with the rank of Captain and using attire that looks similar to those used by the Armed Forces in an attempt to deceive the same victim.

The accused allegedly committed the offences at a company here at 5pm on Dec 13.

Both charges were framed under Sections 170 and Section 171 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of three months' jail and a fine up to RM400 or both upon conviction.

The court granted bail of RM6,000 for both the offences.

At the same proceeding, Mohamed Hafiz was slapped with another charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code for allegedly impersonating a lawyer in an attempt to deceive one Ahmad Farizal Abdul Hajat, 43, by claiming he was able to settle a summons and allegedly enticing the victim to transfer RM3,000 to him.

The offence was allegedly committed between Dec 16 and 22 at 3pm at an eatery in Simpang Ampat here.

The accused faces up to 10 years in jail, a fine and whipping upon conviction.

Intan Hafiezah was also charged for having possession of the RM3,000 without a valid reason between Dec 16 and Dec 21.

She faced charges under Section 29 (1) of the Minor Offences Act 1955 which carries a maximum RM1,000 fine or one year's jail or both, upon conviction.

The court fixed May 5 for next mention and also to allow both accused to appoint counsel.

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