WOMAN WHO EX­PECTED TO BE FREED IN 2018 GETS 10 MORE YEARS

Rosi­nah, who pleaded guilty to fraud, had her 2-year jail term en­hanced to 12 years

New Straits Times - - Front Page - RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL KUALA LUMPUR rahmat@nst.com.my

A56-YEAR-OLD woman’s hope of be­ing re­leased from jail next year af­ter serv­ing two years in prison was crushed af­ter her sen­tence was en­hanced to 12 years by the High Court here yes­ter­day.

This was the re­sult of an ap­peal by the pros­e­cu­tion in a case in­volv­ing Ac­coun­tant-Gen­eral’s Depart­ment’s for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Rosi­nah Haron, who pleaded guilty at the Ses­sions Court to fal­si­fy­ing doc­u­ments in­volv­ing al­most RM1 mil­lion last year.

Clad in a white baju ku­rung, Rosi­nah was speech­less when ju­di­cial com­mis­sioner Datuk Mo­hamad Shar­iff Ab Samah en­hanced her sen­tence af­ter spend­ing al­most 20 min­utes giv­ing her a lec­ture on kind­ness.

Her younger brother, who sat at the pub­lic gallery, could not hold back his tears and hugged Rosi­nah af­ter the pro­ceed­ings shortly be­fore she was es­corted out of the court­room by two po­lice­women.

Shar­iff also or­dered Rosi­nah to serve the jail sen­tence from the date of her ar­rest on April 19 last year.

“In met­ing out the sen­tence, I must con­sider pub­lic in­ter­est as this case in­volved peo­ple’s money.

“This case also af­fected the in­tegrity of the depart­ment which had been en­trusted to han­dle the money,” he said, adding that he hoped Rosi­nah would re­pent when serv­ing her jail sen­tence.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Hade­riah Siri sub­mit­ted that the court should not have taken Rosi­nah’s guilty plea and her age when sen­tenc­ing as it was a pub­lic in­ter­est case.

Rosi­nah, a sin­gle mother who was not rep­re­sented, pleaded for le­niency say­ing she was the sole bread­win­ner of her fam­ily.

Rosi­nah was charged with fal­si­fy­ing doc­u­ments, in the form of pay­ment vouch­ers, to­talling RM918,811.25 be­tween Aug 27, 2008 and Dec 21, 2010.

The of­fence was com­mit­ted at the Ac­coun­tant-Gen­eral’s Depart­ment, Level 42, Me­nara May­bank here.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, Rosi­nah was re­spon­si­ble for pre­par­ing pay­ment vouch­ers for un­claimed money.

The depart­ment’s Man­age­ment of Trust and Se­cu­rity Divi­sion had dis­cov­ered Rosi­nah’s mis­deed af­ter they re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for un­claimed money un­der the name Zabidah Ali, is­sued by the for­mer.

Checks re­vealed that 29 pay­ment vouch­ers had been is­sued and fal­si­fied by Rosi­nah, and the pay­ment was de­posited into her com­pany, her per­sonal bank ac­counts and that of her fam­ily mem­bers.

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Rosi­nah Haron at the Ses­sions Court dur­ing her trial last year.

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