Ex-aide to Melaka mayor charged with RM19 million graft

Mohd-Yusof-Abu-Hassan

PETALING JAYA: A former special officer to the Melaka mayor has been charged with 11 counts of money laundering and four counts of criminal breach of trust involving about RM19.3 million.

Mohd Yusof Abu Hassan, 56, was charged at the Melaka Sessions Court today.

The 11 money-laundering charges were made under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, while the other four charges were made under Section 409 of the Penal Code.

Yusof pleaded not guilty to all charges before judge Norma Ismail.

According to a statement issued by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today, he is accused of laundering RM8,188,074.87 made through illegal activities.

He is alleged to have committed the offence in Melaka between March and September 2016.

Yusof is also accused of using cheques worth RM11.2 million from Taraf Budi Development Sdn Bhd and SP Enterprise Sdn Bhd as an agent of the companies.

The offences were allegedly committed in Melaka between February and August 2016.

Under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, if found guilty Yusof can be jailed up to 15 years and fined not less than five times the total amount or value obtained through illegal activities, or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

Under Section 409 of the Penal Code, meanwhile, if found guilty, he can be jailed between two and 20 years, caned and fined.

The judge set bail at RM1.6 million with one surety and ordered Yusof to surrender his passport to the court and report to the Melaka MACC office each month.

She also set June 22 for re-mention.

According to reports, MACC detained Yusof at the commission’s office in Melaka where he had gone to give a statement yesterday.

MACC first arrested Yusof on Nov 28 last year to facilitate investigations into allegations of graft.

He was re-arrested on Dec 2 and released after being detained for 24 hours.