JOHOR BARU: Former Johor Community Policing chairman Yap Keng Tak was sentenced to 18 months’ jail and fined RM2,500, in default a month’s jail, by the magistrate’s court here today for cheating.
Magistrate Siti Hajar Ali handed down the sentence after Yap, 59, pleaded guilty to the charge. He was ordered to serve the jail sentence from today.
Yap, who contested as an Independent candidate for the Pulai parliamentary seat in the last general election, was charged with cheating Liew Yiin Yng, 33, by offering her an affordable house under ”Rumah Mampu Milik Johor” scheme and inducing the victim to hand over RM25,000 as commission.
Yap however failed to deliver the house as promised.
He was charged with committing the offence at the RHB Bank, Taman Nusa Bestari here at about 1.30pm on July3.
Yap, who is from Bukit Indah, here, was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which provides an imprisonment for up to 10 years and with whipping and shall also be liable with fine, upon conviction.
In mitigation, Yap said he was old and had a family.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Abdul Jalil Salam Muhamad, while Yap was not represented. -- BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd