KOTA KINABALU: A business manager from Johor has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and nine strokes of the cane for cheating six entrepreneurs here out of more than RM660,000.
Mohammad Shah Soeb, 41, pleaded guilty to the charges read before magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun on Monday (January 17th).
He had deceived contractors by claiming that he could help them obtain award letters for projects if they paid him as requested.
According to the indictments, Mohammad defrauded an Azhmi Salim of RM20,000; Tan Kai Ngin of RM285,000; Zainal Razak of RM100,000 and RM15,000; Dinsia Marikan of RM100,000; and Yong Boon Kee of RM120,000; all at separate locations here between February 25 and November 4, 2020.
The magistrate sentenced him to 24 months in prison and one stroke of a cane for each count.
On a seventh charge, Mohammad was jailed for three years and fined RM3,000 in default of six months in jail plus three lashes for cheating on an Agang Insi of RM20,000 on February 25. last year.
This sentence was imposed by Principal Deputy Registrar Abdurrahman Abrar Jarni who was sitting as a magistrate.
Mohammad’s prison sentences must be consecutive.
Earlier in the hearing, the prosecution heard that Mohammad had deceived victims by offering non-existent projects involving the replacement of streetlights across the state, as well as clean-up work at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park ( SOGIP) worth millions of ringgits.
The contractors realized they had been tricked when he could not be contacted after waiting months for letters, and later filed police reports.
Mohammad, who was unrepresented, asked for clemency and concurrent prison sentences because he had to look after his children.