38 MONTHS’ JAIL FOR CHEATING SURGEON
Woman pretended to be Ruler’s daughter to fleece RM1.2 million
RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL KUALA LUMPUR email@example.com
A41-YEAR-OLD woman was sentenced to 38 months’ jail yesterday after pleading guilty to 53 counts of cheating a cosmetic surgeon of RM1.2 million.
Rohaida Yahlil had posed as Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah’s daughter in cheating Datuk Dr Abdul Jalil Jidon of the money. She made Dr Jalil, who had known Sultan Ahmad for 15 years, believe that the Ruler needed the money to pay taxes to Bank Negara and for personal use.
The money was transferred to an account that belonged to Rohaida’s friend Khuzairah Abdul Latiff in stages, between June 2013 and July last year.
However, Dr Jalil began to suspect that something was amiss when the money was not paid back. He, then, lodged a police report, which led to Rohaida’s arrest on Monday.
Rohaida pleaded guilty to 34 counts under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property in one magistrate’s court and another 19 in another magistrate’s court.
Under the section, Rohaida was liable to a maximum 10 years’ jail, fine, or both upon conviction.
Magistrates Mohamad Izwan Mohamed Noh and Mohamad Firdaus Sadina Ali sentenced the accused to 36 months and 38 months’ jail, respectively.
Both ordered her jail terms to begin from the day she was arrested.
In mitigation, Rohaida said she needed the money to make friends with other people and to ensure her friends would remain “loyal” and treat her better.
“I never used the money for personal gain. I spent it on my friends, treating them to holidays and other social activities. I very much regret my actions and promise not to repeat them,” she said, in between sobs.
Meanwhile, Rohaida also pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court to eight charges of involvement in and receiving RM2.8 million from money-laundering activities.
Judge Rushah Lutfi Mohamed set bail at RM300,000 with one surety and ordered the accused to surrender her passport, then set April 3 for sentencing.
Rohaida Yahlil, 41, who suffers from dwarfism, pleaded guilty at the Sessions and magistrate’s courts to 61 counts of cheating and involvement in money laundering.