KUALA LUMPUR – A woman who impersonated Pahang princess was sentenced to three years and two months jail by the Ampang Magistrate’s Court here today for swindling more than one million ringgit from a cosmetic surgeon with a Datuk title three years ago.
Rohaida Yahlil, 41, pleaded guilty in two separate courts to 53 counts of cheating the victim, Datuk Dr Abdul Jalil Jidon, 60, by deceiving him into believing that she was the daughter of the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, which prompted him to hand over cash totalling RM1.203 million to her.
In the first court, Magistrate Mohamad Firdaus Sadina Ali sentenced Rohaida, who uses a walking stick, to three years and two months’ jail for 34 counts of cheating, while in the second court, Magistrate Mohamad Izwan Mohamed Noh sent her to three years’ jail for another 19 cheating offences.
Both courts ordered the accused, who is an insurance executive, to serve the jail sentences concurrently from the date of her arrest on March 13 (yesterday).
Rohaida was charged with cheating Dr Abdul Jalil by deceiving the victim into believing that she was Her Royal Highness Tengku Aishah Sultan Ahmad Shah which prompted the victim to hand over the money through cheques which to be deposited into a Maybank account belonging to her friend, Khuzairiah Abdul Latiff.
She claimed that the money was meant to pay tax to the Bank Negara to enable for a sum of money to be transferred from abroad and also for the personal use of the Sultan of Pahang.
In mitigation, Rohaida, who was not represented, wailed while telling the court that she committed the offences because she wanted to continue to be accepted by her friends.
“… this money was to be spent on my friends so that I can get close to them… because (without the money) they won’t accept me. When I have the money, they will always be by my side,” she choked as she pleaded for leniency.
Deputy public prosecutors Ahmad Zuhaini Mahamad Amin and Raihanah Abdul Razak pressed for just punishment to serve as lesson to the accused by taking into account that she had committed serious offences when using the name of a Malay ruler.
“A fraudulent act involving a professional (victim) as well as the Sultan of Pahang, is a very serious crime. The accused’s action of using the name of the
Pahang Sultan to earn money and to spend it on friends was inappropriate,” Ahmad Zuhaini said.
According to the facts of the case, in June 2013, the victim received a phone call from the accused who introduced herself as Pahang princess Tengku Aishah and persuaded him to deposit money for the use of the Pahang Sultan.
The accused said that the Sultan would repay the money in the very near future which prompted the victim to bank in the money into a Maybank account belonging to a friend of the accused.
However, the victim began to suspect something amiss after his money was not being repaid as promised.
Earlier, in the Sessions Court, Rohaida also pleaded guilty to eight counts of involvement in money laundering involving RM2,841,690.
Judge Rushan Lutfi Hakim Mohamed allowed her bail of RM300,000 with one surety for all the charges and ordered her passport to be surrendered to the court.
The court fixed April 3 for sentencing. – BERNAMA