Saturday June 30, 2012
Accounts exec denies money laundering charges
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: An accounts executive claimed trial in a Sessions Court here to 10 counts of money laundering involving RM1mil.
Aliah Fadzilah Wan Abdullah, 38, pleaded not guilty before judge Aslam Zainuddin.
She was accused of transferring RM918,520.48 worth of cheques belonging to Syarikat Orion Orchard Sdn Bhd into her own bank account at Malayan Banking in Seksyen 14 and RHB Bank in Seksyen 16 between March 7 and May 27, 2009.
Aliah, who was charged under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act, faces a maximum of five years in jail or a fine up to RM5mil or both, upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Khairuddin Idris offered bail at RM35,000 in one surety.
However, lawyer Pushpa Ratnam, who represented the accused, said her client’s accounts had been frozen and she would not have the means to make bail.
“The accused has four children between two months and 10 years old. She is still breastfeeding her newborn. She is trying to work to support her family and she has never missed a court date,” said Pushpa.
Aslam fixed bail at RM35,000 with one surety and set the case for mention on Aug 15.
This is the fourth time Aliah has been hauled to the court to face prosecution.
In September last year, she was charged at another Sessions Court here with 57 charges of forgery and using fake cheques amounting to RM4.5mil and another seven charges in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
In January, the accused claimed trial to 52 counts of forging cheques involving RM1.7mil.