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Immigration Officer Faces 8 Charges Of Money Laundering

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BUTTERWORTH – An Immigration Department officer was charged at the Sessions Court here today with eight counts of money laundering involving RM4.02 million.

Mohd Khairi Othman, 38, pleaded not guilty.

He is accused of committing the offences between Sept 4, 2015 and Dec 15, 2016 at Malayan Banking Berhad, Wisma Jelutong branch and Simpang Ampat branch.

Mohd Khairi allegedly transferred illicit funds from the Maybank account of one Hassan Muhammad Yusuf @ Daud to Maybank and Bank Simpanan Nasional accounts under the same name, besides investing and buying a high-powered motorcycle.

The accused is accused of transferring RM500,000 from Hassan’s Maybank account to invest in Dynamic Invest Etiqa Insurance products and RM99,570 from the same account to invest in Smart Cash Extra Etiqa Insurance products.

He also allegedly used RM123,767 of the illicit funds to buy a BMW R1200 type motorcycle with registration number PMU 7395.

The charges are framed under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Act 613) and punishable under Section 4 (1) of the same Act.

Earlier, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Ghazali Mohamad Nazri proposed RM250,000 as bail with one surety.

However, counsel Ridha Abdah Subri requested for the sum to be reduced, telling the court that the accused had to support his mother and mother-in-law other than his wife and two children aged two years, and nine months.

Judge Sitarun Nisa Abdul Aziz set RM200,000 as bail with one surety, and Feb 13 for remention.

Yesterday, Mohd Khairi claimed trial in the Alor Setar Sessions Court to two corruption charges and 18 money laundering charges involving RM8.8 million.

In the same court, his wife, Noorashikin Azmi, 38, was charged with five counts of money laundering involving RM2.4 million while his sister, Huziana Othman, 49, was charged with abetting him. – BERNAMA

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