KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 (Bernama) -- The Sessions Court today scheduled three days starting Sept 10 for the trial of businessman Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who is facing five charges of cheating National Feedlot Corporation former director Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail and 17 money laundering charges amounting to RM1.755 million.
Judge Rozilah Salleh allowed the application by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Prosecution Unit chief Datuk Abdul Razak Musa to try the cases together, with the consensus of lawyers Zarina Ismail and Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin who appeared for Shamsubahrin.
Shamsubahrin, 46, was charged with five counts of cheating Mohamad Salleh into agreeing to pay him (Shamsubahrin) a fee, at a restaurant in Bukit Tunku here at 6 pm on Nov 20 last year, in return for an advisory and consulting service.
The accused then allegedly deceived Mohamad Salleh, who is now NPC chairman, into giving him cheques for the sum of RM1.755 million between Nov 25 and Dec 1 to 5, 2011, purportedly to close a police investigation against NFC by the Commercial Crimes Investigation Department, Bukit Perdana.
He faces up to 10 years imprisonment, caning and fine upon conviction under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
The 17 counts of money laundering involve the transfer of funds from NFC and his accounts into his wife's account and using bankers cheques to purchase three Mitsubishi vehicles, all amounting to RM1.755 million.
The offences were allegedly committed at CIMB Bank, RHB Bank and Maybank branches in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya between Nov 25 and Dec 13, 2011.
Shamsubahrin, who is now Resources Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, faces up to RM5 million in fine or five years imprisonment or both, upon conviction under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.