KUANTAN: Two businessmen were charged at the magistrates’ court, here, today with cheating a businessman of RM90,000 in connection with a non-existent bauxite mining project some three years ago.
Datuk Muhammad Adam Rao Abdullah, 47, and Datuk Syed Mohammad Faiz Syed Azemmant, 31, who were charged separately pleaded not guilty and claimed trial after the three charges were read to them.
For the first offence, Adam was alleged to have cheated Tee Boon Hua, 58, by deceiving him into believing that he could offer services to mine bauxite minerals and laterite soil on a piece of land owned by the Pahang Islamic Religious secretary, which resulted in the victim handing RM20,000 to him.
He was alleged to have committed the offence at a financial institution in Jalan Abdul Aziz, here, between 8am and 5pm on June 10, 2015.
For the second, Adam from Indera Mahkota, here, was accused of deceiving Tee into surrendering RM40,000 at the same location between 8am and 5pm on June 19, 2015.
For the third offence, Adam was charged with deceiving Tee to hand over RM30,000 at a law firm in Jalan Tun Ismail, here, between 8am and 5pm on July 10, 2015.
In mitigation, counsel Hisham Ramdzan pleaded for a lower bail saying his client had to take care of his father who had suffered a stroke.
“Besides his parents, my client has to take care of his siblings. He also suffers from diabetes,” he said.
Magistrate Nurunaim Abdullah fixed bail at RM10,000 for each charge and fixed Sept 27 for mention.
Meanwhile in a separate courtroom, Syed Mohammad was charged with abetting Adam to deceive Tee on three occasions.
Syed Mohammad from Peramu Jaya allegedly committed the three offences at the same place and time.
Hisham who was also representing Syed Mohammad said his client had two wives and his second wife had recently given birth some three months ago.
“The accused is a businessman and fixing the bail amount is only to ensure he will be present at court,” he said.
Magistrate Nor Azizah Aling set bail at RM5,000 for each offence and fixed Sept 27 for mention.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Shahrizzat Amadan appeared for the prosecution.
The duo face charges under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating which provide for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping and could be liable to a fine, upon conviction. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd