Friday, July 19

Former company director charged with money laundering, involving RM735,500


Noraffendi being escorted out at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: A former director of a company appointed by Malaysia Airlines to handle food coupons for its passengers whose flights were delayed was charged in the Sessions Court here yesterday on two counts of money laundering, involving RM735,500, three years go.

Noraffendi Omar, 45, however, pleaded not guilty to both charges before judge Dr Gan Chee Keong.

On the first and second count, Noraffendi, was charged with receiving RM188,000 and RM547,500, in proceeds from unlawful activities, from the company’s account.

He was alleged to have committed both the offences at RHB Bank Berhad, Menara Shell here, between Sept 21, 2015 and May 19, 2016.

The charge, under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, provides and imprisonment for not more than 15 years and shall also be liable to a fine of not less than five times the sum of value of the proceeds from illegal activities, or RM5 million, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

Deputy public prosecutor Nik Haslinie Hashim, who prosecuted, did not offer bail, and requested for the case to be transferred to the Shah Alam Sessions Court to be heard jointly with another case facing Noraffendi, who was unrepresented.

The court allowed her request and set Sept 18 for mention. — Bernama