Miri house sale scam: Bruneian behind bars

|     Hakim Hayat     |

A 60-YEAR-OLD Bruneian who duped 16 individuals in a house sale scam was sentenced to 13 years and six months’ jail and slapped a RM4,000 fine by the Sarawak High Court in Miri on Thursday, the Borneo Post reported.

The defendant Jalil bin Paweh, who was not represented by any lawyer, pleaded guilty to all 16 cheating charges before Magistrate Zuraini binti Ali Musa.

Head of Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Superintendent Mustafa Kamal Ghani bin Abdullah, said the unemployed Bruneian faced 16 charges for the offences committed between November 2015 and May 2016.

He added that Jalil, who was arrested in Lawas on February 28 by a police team, was included in the list of persons wanted by the police for the case.

“A total of nine investigation papers have been opened involving 48 victims with total losses of RM95,620 incurred,” Mustafa added in a press statement.

Jalil committed the fraud while he was in Miri by enticing victims to purchase houses purportedly under a housing scheme called the Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT). Police investigations later found that the deals were non-existent and the victims’ monies were used for the defendant’s personal use.

Meanwhile, Jalil was back in the Sarawak High Court yesterday to face 32 other charges of the same nature. He is currently being held in prison.