Fraudster gets 16 months for cheating two elderly women

|     Fadley Faisal     |

A LOCAL fraudster was sentenced to 16 months of imprisonment yesterday, for tricking two elderly women into parting with their jewellery.

On July 23, Momin bin Jerudin, 58, approached a 64-year-old woman in the capital and convinced her to set up a bank account for the deposit of a cheque amounting to BND40,000.

He promised her BND1,000 as payment for helping him.

Momin then brought the victim along in his car, during which he took her gold jewellery as a security and told her to prepare the documents.

But by the time she had readied the papers, the defendant had fled from the scene.

The victim had also left her handbag in the vehicle, from which the defendant took a mobile phone and BND60.

Several days later, on August 30, the defendant approached a 66-year-old woman in the capital, whom he promised RM3,000 in return for opening a bank account and helping with the deposit of a cheque amounting to RM30,000.

The defendant, accompanied by three others, brought the victim to the Kiulap commercial area on the pretext of processing the documents.

He drove towards a bank branch in Kiulap, where the alleged account was to be opened under the victim’s name.

The victim handed over the gold bracelets that she was wearing, upon the defendant’s request as a security.

However, by the time she had finished processing her copies, the defendant had fled the scene with the jewellery.

DPP Qhairul Azim bin Nayan prosecuted the case, while Magistrate Kamaliah Fadhilah binti Haji Ibrahim presided over the proceedings.