The owner of the gas station admitted that he was not guilty of defrauding the businessman of RM2.3 million

JOHOR BAHRU: A petrol station owner was brought before the Sessions Court here today on four charges of falsifying documents and tricking a businessman into handing over RM2.3 million in June last year.

The accused, Hanafi Husin, 39, however pleaded not guilty to the charge which was read out by the court interpreter in front of Judge, Fatimah Zahari.

Based on the first charge sheet, he is accused of tricking a 34-year-old man into handing over RM2.3 million in cash and depositing it into his account by offering to run a diesel oil business legally.

For the second charge, Hanafi is alleged to have used a false document, namely a letter of agreement for the sale of seized diesel oil dated 23 May 2022 from the Johor Cooperatives and Consumerism Domestic Trade Office to deceive the businessmen involved.

According to the third charge, he was charged with using a fake document, namely a letter of support for a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) license from the Johor Zone Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department to deceive the victim by handing over the money.

For the fourth charge, the accused used the underground capacity status letter for diesel or petrol products and support to supply RON97/diesel for the Pasir Gudang Industrial Area premises dated 20 June last from Boustead Marketing Sdn. Bhd.

All the acts were allegedly committed at the company owned by the accused in the Pasir Gudang Industrial Estate, here on 12 June 2022.

The accused is charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which provides for a prison sentence of not less than one year or a maximum of 10 years and caning and can be fined, if convicted.

He was also charged under Section 471 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of two years or a fine or both, if convicted.

The prosecution of the case was handled by the Deputy Public Prosecutor, Nurhayati Muhammad Fathullah, while the accused was represented by defense counsel, Mohd. Fazaly Ali Mohd. Ghazali.

The prosecution proposed a bail of RM30,000 for each charge, but the accused’s lawyer asked the court to consider an appropriate bail.

The judge allowed the accused to be bailed at RM60,000 for all the charges with the additional condition of reporting to the nearest police station every month and handing over his passport to the court.

The mention of the case is set for January 26 for the purpose of submitting documents. – MESSENGER

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