KUALA LUMPUR: A company director was today sentenced to four years’ jail by the Sessions Court here after she pleaded guilty to cheating a friend of RM500,000 to fund a non-existent project.
Shamsuzy Mahasan had in 2015 convinced her friend, Norhemira Juliana Abd Rashid — whom she had known since school days — that she had won a tender to supply uniforms for the defence ministry.
She told Norhemira she did not have enough funds for the project and coaxed her friend to bank in over half a million ringgit with the promise that Norhemira would see “100% returns”.
Norhemira felt something amiss when she did not see a single penny from her investment, which she had made in stages.
Shamsuzy was also nowhere to be found, which led Norhemira to lodge a police report.
Investigations later revealed that the defence ministry had never awarded such a tender to Shamsuzy’s company.
Sessions Court judge Hasbullah Adam handed down the four-year sentence, which will begin Feb 25, the date of her arrest.
Earlier, Shamsuzy’s lawyer Zulkifli Awang had sought a lesser sentence.
“She is the sole breadwinner of her family of six and she is a first-time offender,” he said.
However, deputy public prosecutor Faridah Nurdinie Bahrum argued the accused should be given a harsher sentence to serve as a deterrent.
“This is a sensitive issue because this involved the army,” she said.