Friday October 12, 2012
Court finds housewife guilty of 29 counts of credit card fraud
KUCHING: A mother of five, Dewi Susilawaty Suaidi, 37, pleaded guilty to 29 charges of credit card fraud at the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday.
There was one charge for each of the credit cards she possessed but were registered under the names of 16 other women.
She was apprehended at 4.35pm on Aug 28 at Taska Sichomel Alam Santuary, Jalan Sultan Tengah, near here.
Each charge carried a penalty of two months’ jail time and a fine of RM500, bringing the total duration of imprisonment to 58 months and a fine of RM14,500.
The court also decided that, should Susilawaty default on her fine, then her jail time would be extended to six months per charge.
Susilawaty told the court that she would pay the fine, but appealed for a shorter jail time. Her appeal is set for 9am, Nov 1, on condition that her fine is paid.
Susilawaty has five children between the ages of two and 10.
When the 37-year-old married woman was nabbed, she had 29 credit cards, all of which she had applied for by fraudulently using the names and details of loan applicants without their knowledge.
The cards were issued by seven commer-cial banks since last year, with a combined total spending limit of no less than RM145,000.
According to reporters, police said her case was the first of its kind uncovered in Sarawak.