BY Fadley Faisal
A permanent resident will learn his fate tomorrow, after he pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday 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 money.
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 for the missing documents in believing the defendant.
The defendant then went to a Bank A branch and withdrew the monies.
It was eventually discovered when the defendant (armed with a fresh police report for the missing documents) went to Bank A at 8pm on October 9.
He handed over to the teller the three police reports on the missing documents, in an attempt to withdraw money over the counter again.
Suspicious of the defendant’s act, the teller immediately consulted her superiors, who lodged a police report, resulting in the defendant’s arrest.
The police also learnt that the defendant’s friends had found the victim’s identification card and Bank A ATM card, which they had wanted to surrender to the police. The defendant however stopped them from doing so, and took the documents.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin