Thursday February 28, 2013
Computer technician denies cheating women
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH and SIMREN KAUR
GEORGE TOWN: A 45-year-old computer technician who allegedly flirted with women on Facebook while posing as a doctor claimed trial in several magistrate’s courts to cheating five women of cash and valuables.
K.K. Prabaharan, from Taman Mas, Ipoh, Perak, pleaded not guilty in the magistrate’s court here to three cheating charges, allegedly committed between October and December last year.
He is alleged to have duped T. Suppamal, 68, on Nov 7 last year at Taman Hamnah in Lorong Helang 1, Sungai Dua, Gelugor, of RM60,000 worth of jewellery by telling her that he would be taking the items to be polished at the jewellery shop.
For the second charge, he is alleged to have induced A. Vanija, 31, to hand over RM2,000 at around 3pm on Oct 8 last year, in return for a tender at the school canteen of SMK Convent Green Lane.
He is also alleged to have induced B. Vikneswary, 29, to hand over RM16,000 at around 3pm on Dec 6 last year, by telling her that he could obtain a discount on the repayment of her PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) loan totalling RM24,609.28.
Magistrate Norhayati Ibrahim fixed April 16 for tender of documents and set bail at RM8,000, RM6,000 and RM6,000, respectively, for the three charges – in three different sureties.
In the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court, Prabaharan also claimed trial to a charge of cheating a woman.
He is alleged to have tricked the woman on Oct 31, last year near the entrance to the Penang Bridge along the North-South Expressway, into giving him two gold necklaces and an ATM card by promising to marry her.
Magistrate Arif Mohamed Shariff set bail at RM16,000 and fixed March 21 for mention.
He also claimed trial in the Jawi magistrate’s court to another charge of cheating Himala Dewi into giving him RM10,000 cash and jewellery.
Magistrate Raja Shahril Magistrate Buniyaman set bail at RM19,000 and fixed March 16 for mention.
In a report on Jan 15, Penang Commercial Crimes Department chief Asst Comm Roslee Chik said Prabaharan, who claimed to be a doctor in his Facebook profile, would flirt with women by chatting them up at random.
ACP Roslee said that among the names used by Prabaharan on the social networking site were Dr Shiva Nair, Dr Ragunathan Nair Krishanan, Dr Ragunathan, Ragu and Keeran Raj.