KUALA LUMPUR: A Nigerian man pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here today to a charge of cheating a housewife of more than
Egbugha Obinna Godwin, 27, a student of a private college here, was charged with cheating and dishonestly inducing Anni Attang, 45, by deceiving her into believing that he could help her obtain profit from a project by a petroleum company and returned the money she lend him double the amount.
This prompted Anni into depositing RM70,000 into a Maybank account belonging to Norazalin Muiz and another RM161,000 into a Maybank account belonging to her (Norazalin) husband, Noor Arifin Ismail, who is a friend of the accused. Godwin was alleged to have committed the offence at Maybank Sentul Raya, at the Sentul Raya Maybank branch, Jalan 14/48A, The Boulevard Office, Off Jalan Sentul here between 11.06 am last Jan 9 and 1.39 pm last Jan 27.
The charge, under Section 420 of the Penal Code, carries an imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years and with whipping, and shall also be liable to fine, if found guilty.
Godwin, whose student had expired, was also charged with overstaying in the country, to which he pleaded guilty.
Magistrate Ashraf Rezal Abdul Manan sentenced him to three years’ jail for the offence, to be served from the date of arrest on March 23.
The court set May 13 for mention of the cheating case. The prosecution was represented by prosecuting officer Inspector Nom Phot Prackdit.
Meanwhile, in the same court, Norazalin, 37, and her husband, Noor Arifin, were charged with five counts of dishonest misappropriation of property,
They were charged with withdrawing the money belonging to Attang at three locations — Maybank Damansara Jaya, Maybank Aeon Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre and Maybank Intan Millennium, Taman Intan, Klang — between 3 pm last Jan 9 and 11.06 am on Jan 28. Both pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The charge, under Section 403 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment of not more than five years and with whipping and shall also be liable to fine, if found guilty.
The couple were allowed bail of RM3,000 with one surety each. Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Noor Jazilah Mohd Yushaa, who prosecuted,
offered bail at RM10,000with one surety each.
However, lawyer Gerard Lazarus, representing the couple, requested for a lower bail, saying that had six children to support, including four school-going children. The court set April 22 for mention.- BERNAMA