Mohd. Yusof Abu Hassan, 56, is charged with 15 counts of illegal money-laundering activities and criminal breach of trust amounting RM19.3 million

KUALA LUMPUR – Former Special Officer to the Melaka Mayor was charged by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the Ayer Keroh Session Court, Melaka today. The suspect was charged on the illegal money-laundering activities and criminal breach of trust amounting RM19.3 million.

Mohd. Yusof Abu Hassan, 56, is charged with 15 charges whereby 11 charges were under Section 4(1)(b) Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Act 613) whereas 4 other charges were in accordance to Section 409 of the Penal Code.

The accused pleaded not guilty for all the charges read before Judge Norma Ismail.

According to the charges under the Anti Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, the accused is charged for allegedly transferring money from illegal activities amounting RM 8,188,074.87.

The offences were allegedly committed from March to September 2016 in Melaka.

Meanwhile for the charges under the Penal Code, Mohd Yusof, who is also an agent for Taraf Budi Development Sdn. Bhd. and SP Enterprise Sdn. Bhd had misused the company cheques amounting RM 11.2 juta.

The offences were reportedly committed between February and August 2016 in Melaka.

If convicted under Section 4(1)(b) Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Act 613), the suspect could face imprisonment of up to 15 years or fined not more than five times from the value of illegal activities or RM5 million, whichever is higher. Upon conviction of the Penal Code, the suspect could face imprisonment not more than 20 years, caned and fined.

Judge Norma set bail at RM1.6 million with one surety. The suspect also needs to submit his passport to the court and report to the MACC of Melaka on a monthly basis.

The court has fixed 22 June 2017 for the next reading of the case.

For MACC, the case is prosecuted by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Afzainizam Abdul Aziz and Ahmad Akram Gharib. – MalaysiaGazette

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