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