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Money changers operations without licence charged

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GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian woman and her daughter were charged in the Sessions Court here with operating a money-changer’s business without a licence three years ago.

Vera Theresa, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charge of operating a money service business namely money-changing without a licence under Section 7 of the Money Services Business Act 2011 (Act 731).

The woman, who is married to a local man, was accused of committing the offence at PT Spring Island Agency Sdn Bhd, 308 Jalan Macalister, here at 11.30 am on May 10, 2013.

The accused was alleged to have committed the offence under Section 4 (1) of the Money Services Business Act 2011 and punishable under Section 4(4) of the same act which carries a maximum fine of RM5 million or imprisonment of up to 10 years or both, if found guilty.

Judge Zaharah Hussain set bail at RM30,000 in one local surety barring her husband and ordered her passport to be impounded.

Meanwhile, in a separate Sessions Court, Vera’s mother Ng Siang Tjhoen, 58, also pleaded not guilty to a similar charge.  Ng was also alleged to have committed the offence at the same time and place.

Judge Ibrahim Osman granted Ng bail of RM30,000 with one local surety and ordered the accused’s passport to be impounded.

Bank Negara prosecuting officer Anthony Kularaj Kulasingam appeared for the prosecution while the two accused were represented by lawyer Moke Yee Yow.  Both judges set Feb 18 for mention. – BERNAMA


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