Man charged with duping senior citizen of RM150,000

Shanti Gunaratnam

PETALING JAYA: He allegedly deceived a senior citizen into paying RM150,000 with the promise he will be able to settle his Tenaga National Berhad (TNB) summonses.

This morning, he was hauled up in the magistrate's court on charges of cheating the man.

C. Kamaleshwararn, 38, who goes by the name ‘Datuk Kabi’, claimed trial to cheating Foo Kee Peng, 68, at the lobby of the PJ Hilton, near here at 2.20pm on March 31, 2016.

He was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Mary Phoon did not offer the accused bail.

Counsel V. Saravana is requesting the court to impose a lenient bail, told magistrate Salamiah Salleh that his client was married with four children and is also supporting his aged parents, who are both in their 70s.

"He runs his own sundry shop and earns about RM5,000 and besides looking after his family, he is also paying his housing and car loans.

"My client has been in remand here for three days and prior to that, another three days remand, for a similar case in Klang."

The court also heard that Kamaleshwaran also has cases pending at the Jalan Duta court.

Salamiah set bail at RM8,000 in one surety and fixed May 19 for case mention and document submission.