A 58-year-old man from Brunei was charged with two counts of cheating over fake winning lottery tickets, Malaysian newspapers reported.
Self-employed Momin bin Jerudin pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles to committing the crimes.
On the first count, Momin allegedly tricked one Yong Yoke Cheng over withdrawing money from the lottery winning ticket and dishonestly induced Yong to surrender RM20,000 to him.
The offence allegedly took place at 10am on October 21, at a bank in Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu.
On the second count, Momin was accused of cheating Voo Siew Yun with a similar ruse, which caused Voo to give him RM10,000 at 10am on November 12, near a bank in Kampong Air, Kota Kinabalu.
Each charge is framed under Section 415 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to five years or fine, or both on conviction. Assistant Superintendent of Police Adnan bin Pengiran Bakar as prosecutor proposed bail at RM3,000 in two sureties, while counsel Arthur Borine, representing Momin, applied for a lower bail amount.
The court set case management on December 2 and 11, and offered Momin bail at RM1,000 in one surety on each case.