Former Perhilitan officer sentenced to four years prison for submitting false claims

Nik Sukry Ramli

KUANTAN:A former Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) officer was sentenced to four years prison and fined RM117,000 for submitting false claims some six years ago.

Sessions court judge Dazuki Ali ordered Abu Zahrim Ismail, 45,who was found guilty of deceiving his director-general over the supply of backpacks worth RM23,400, to serve 10 months prison if he fails to settle the fine.

He was accused of making false claims to authorise the supply of 28 units of Deuter 75 litre bags, and 60 units of Dry Pack 30 litre bags.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Taman Negara Perhilitan Enforcement Office in Jerantut on Nov 28, 2013.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), represented by deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamri appeared for the prosecution while Datuk Hanif Hassan represented Abu Zahrim.

The court, however, allowed a stay of execution over the jail sentence pending appeal at the High Court and Appeal’s Court.

Abu Zahrim was ordered to pay the fine today after his request to postpone the payment was rejected by Dazuki on grounds that the case has been going on for about two years.

Abu Zahrim was charged under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a fine of at least five times the amount of corruption, and a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment, upon conviction. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd