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Monday, January 17, 2022

Businessman jailed 15 years for street light project scam


Company director Mohammad Shah Soep, 41, surrounded by police after his court case in Kota Kinabalu today.

KOTA KINABALU: A company director was sentenced to 15 years’ jail plus nine strokes of the rotan after pleading guilty to seven counts of cheating over multimillion ringgit “projects”.

Mohammad Shah Soep, was charged with cheating six contractors to hand over a total of RM660,000 purportedly to secure projects.

The 41-year-old, who was brought before two separate magistrates’ courts, was charged with committing the crime between February and November 2020 with the monies delivered via cheque or bank transfer.

The “projects” he had offered to the contractors revolved around replacing street lights all over Sabah as well as cleaning works at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park.

For the first to sixth charges, magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun sentenced him to two years’ jail plus one stroke of the rotan for each charge. The imprisonment was to run consecutively.

For the seventh charge, Shah was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and three strokes of the rotan.

He was also slapped with a RM3,000 fine in default six months’ imprisonment.

Senior assistant registrar Abdurrahman Abrar Jarni also ordered Shah to begin his sentence from Jan 7, the date of his arrest.

The victims had lodged a police report after sensing something was amiss when they could not get in touch with Shah, months after they had paid him to secure the “projects”. - FMT

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