The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed a 20-months jail sentence to a permanent resident man who pleaded guilty to multiple charges of cheating.
Mohammad Asri bin Abdullah @ Mohd Asri anak Micheal Jemat pleaded guilty to a charge of cheating by personation, and five other charges for cheating multiple persons, deceiving them to deliver documents and cash.
DPP Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud’s facts of the case stated that a Bank A account holder logged onto his online application to access his account on October 2, 2019 and discovered unknown cash withdrawals were made on his account of BND15 on September 21, BND87 on September 27 and BND50 on October 1, 2019.
Police investigations revealed that on those three dates, the defendant had gone to the police station pretending to be the victim and reported that his identification card, passport, driving licence and Bank A ATM card had gone missing. Police personnel on duty issued reports to the missing documents in believing the defendant. The defendant then went to Bank A’s branch and successfully withdrew the money.
It was discovered when the defendant, armed with a fresh police report on the missing documents, went to Bank A at 8pm on October 9, 2019 and presented over the counter three police reports on the missing documents, in an attempt to withdraw money over the counter again. The teller was suspicious of the defendant and consulted her superiors, who lodged a police report leading to the defendant’s arrest.