38 MONTHS’ JAIL FOR CHEAT­ING SUR­GEON

Woman pre­tended to be Ruler’s daugh­ter to fleece RM1.2 mil­lion

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RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL KUALA LUMPUR rahmat@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY HALIM SALLEH

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.

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