SHAH ALAM: A businessman claimed trial at the Sessions Court here for three counts of cheating.
Parimalam Rajo Isa Michael, 67, is accused of allegedly cheating a victim over a non-existent investment in Sri Lanka.
The deception resulted in the victim losing RM1.09mil which was given to the accused to go towards the non-existent investment.
For the first charge, Parimalam Rajo was accused of receiving RM190,000 between February and December 2017 at a house in Shah Alam.
For the second charge, he is accused of deceiving the victim to part with RM400,000 in Jan 2018 at the same location.
Subsequently, he allegedly fraudulently received another RM500,000 from the victim at the same location on February 2018.
Parimalam Rajo was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating for all three charges.
If found guilty, he faced a maximum imprisonment of 10 years, whipping and a fine upon conviction for each of the charges.
DPP Ahmad Faiz Abd Rauff offered bail of RM20,000 and wanted the accused to tender his passport to the court and report himself to the nearest police station.
However, Parimalam Rajo’s counsel K. Revathi pleaded that the accused was a heart patient undergoing treatment and had a family to support and hence, requested bail of RM2,000.
Judge Muhamad Anas Mahadzir set bail at RM12,000 and fixed March 16 for the case to be mentioned.