RM192,000 TRIO CHARGED WITH DUPING MAN OUT IN WORK PERMIT SCAM
JOHOR BAHARU: Three (3) men were charged at the Magistrate's Court here on Thursday (September 08,2022) for duping another individual out or RM192,000 by offering foreign worker permit services.
Project consultant Tan Tech Loke, 41 years old, drinks seller Shah Effendy Wahyu, 40 years old, and sundry shop owner S. Sellathurai, 59 years old, pleaded not guilty to the charge that was read together before Magistrate Mohd Zulhilmi Ibrahim on Thursday.
Together, the three (3) men allegedly committed a white-collar crime by cheating one Lim Zhen Peng, 31 years old, into believing that they could manage and produce foreign worker permits.
They claimed that they would be able to help Lim, a businessman, obtain 32 visas and visa with reference (VDR) from the Immigration Department.
The incident was said to have taken place at No. 21, Jalan Nakhoda 16, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai Johor Baharu, from August 07, 2019 until August 27, 2019.
The three (3) were accused of duping the victim into paying them RM 192,000 in stages into Tan's bank account for their alleged services.
They were charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and caning, and a possible fine upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Danial Munir asked the court to set a bail of RM 30,000 for each of the accused.
Lawyers Goh Sze Han, Mohamad Azrulsani Othman and S. Selvam, who respectively represented Tan, Shah Effendy and Sellathurai, separately asked for a lower bail amount, citing the accused's cooperation with the police throughout the investigation and the need to care for their own families as the reason.
Mohd Zulhilmi set bail at RM 6,000 with one surety for each of the three (3) men and fixed October 10, 2022 for the case mention and submission of documents.
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