PETALING JAYA: A 33-year-old housewife was charged at the Sessions Court here with six counts of money laundering involving RM500,000 in 2013.
Mother of one, Jamaliah Abdul Azeez pleaded not guilty to receiving and cashing out funds from illegal activities via three cheques dated Nov 6 and Nov 7 2013 and in cash.
On the first count, the accused was alleged to have received RM250,000 from Norvatis Corporaion (M) Sdn Bhd on Nov 6 2013, which was remitted into her account under the name JHVH Rahpa Enterprise.
On the second count, following the transaction, Jamaliah allegedly made a withdrawal for an amount of RM30,000 in 24 transactions through the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) between Nov 6 and Nov 13 2013.
She was also charged with cashing out a cheque worth RM240,000 on Nov 7, 2013 and later receiving an additional RM250,000 on the same day.
On Nov 8 and Nov 11 2013, Jamaliah was alleged to have cashed two cheques worth RM150,000 and RM80,000 respectively from her account.
She allegedly committed the offences at Ambank (M) Berhad , Bandar Puteri branch in Puchong.
The unemployed mother was being charged under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Anti Money Laundering and Anti Terrorism and Financing Act 2001 and could be fined up to RM5 million or 5 years’ jail or both if convicted.
Deputy public prosecutor A. S Thangavelu submitted for RM500,000 as bail and for the accused to surrender her passport to the court.
Jamaliah’s counsel, Samantha Chong pleaded for RM20,000 bail stating that her client is currently unemployed and has to take care of her 19 months old baby boy.
Chong said that Jamaliah is a full-time housewife and is living with her parents who were both 60 years old.
“Her father is supporting her as her husband’s car rental business is not doing so well,” she added.
Judge Yasmin Abdul Razak allowed RM80,000 bail with one surety and ordered the accused to surrender her passport to the court until the disposal of the case.