BUTTERWORTH (BERNAMA) – The Sessions Court in Malaysia yesterday sentenced two United Kingdom (UK) citizens to six months in jail and fined MYR100,000 each for deceiving two individuals in an online international investment scam.
Judge Zulhazmi Abdullah meted out the punishment on Lloyd George Bedwell, 48, and Roger Hoi Wing Wu, 46, after they pleaded guilty to two selected charges read to them in English and ordered the two to serve their prison sentence from the day of their arrest on February 21.
Both accused with another man still at-large, Jacob Yazdi allegedly duped two Austrians, Trevor Ronald John Curtis and Kimberley John Buist Walker, to hand over MYR27,057.36 and MYR25,796.80, with the assurance of receiving big profits from short-term investment via the purchase of shares of a non-existent company, Devon Energy Corporation.
They allegedly committed the scam at Lot 7, Fourth Floor, Island Plaza Tower, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Penang on December 16, 2022, and on January 5 and were charged under Section 417 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code which provides for a maximum jail term of five years or fine or both upon conviction. According to the facts of the case, Yazdi who was the manager ordered the syndicate employees under his supervision who were the two accused to make phone calls to the victims.