Three Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) technicians claimed trial over a fund cheating charge at the Ipoh Sessions/Magistrate Court today (May 5).
Azhari Abdul Ghani; 46, Faizizee Azami, 33; and Mohd Noor Hakim Noor Rashid, 38, pleaded not guilty in front of Judge S. Indra Nehru.
According to facts of the case, all of the accused were alleged to have jointly cheated Aiman Firdaus Abdullah of RM6,000 by having him deceived into believing that the amount of funds was to be paid to a contractor appointed by TNB.
The funds were purportedly to repair damaged cables between SS Felda Besout 4 and SS Besout Bypass K. Slim on August 14 and 15, 2020, when instead, the contractor had already made a claim to TNB.
They allegedly committed the offence at a parking lot located at Jalan Sentral Sungkai 7 in Sungkai, Perak, on August 21 of the same year.
The accused were all charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which was read alongside Section 37 of the same Code, whereby if found guilty, will be subject to punishment entailing imprisonment of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine.
Optional charge under Section 417 of the Penal Code for the same offence subjects them to punishment entailing imprisonment of up to five years, a fine, or both.
The court has ordered for a bail of RM8,000 each with a guarantor and that they report themselves to the nearest Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office once per month over the case proceedings’ duration.
The case was fixed for re-mention on July 12.
The session was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Maziyah Mansor.
Azhari and Faizizee were represented by lawyer Mohd Baharuddin Ahmad Kassim; while Mohd Noor Hakim by lawyers Noor Hidayah Mohd Saad and Shahidah Muslimah Roslan.