Oil and gas duo charged with receiving illegal proceeds

Yong Mee Lan and Ahmad Asyraaf Kamarul Zaman were charged separately. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A former director of an oil exploration company and a former technical assistant with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, were charged at the Sessions Court with receiving proceeds from unlawful activities, totalling more than RM1.7 million.

The duo were previously charged with making false claims.

Yong Mee Lan, 54, and Ahmad Asyraaf Kamarul Zaman, 29, who were charged separately, however, pleaded not guilty before judge Rozina Ayob.

Yong, was charged with receiving a total of RM226,000, which was believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities, through five Public Bank Berhad cheques belonging to Syarikat AceTimur Drilling Sdn Bhd that were deposited into her Public Bank account on March 26 and Jul 27, 2015.

Ahmad Asyraaf was charged with four counts of receiving a total of RM1,502,919.02, which were proceeds from unlawful activities between Feb 12 and Apr 21, 2016.

Rozina allowed Mohd Asyraaf, represented by lawyer Mohd Haziq Dhiyauddin Razali, to maintain his bail using the two land titles he had posted and pay an additional RM50,000, while Yong, represented by lawyer Mohd Fozi Md Zin was allowed bail of RM100,000 with one surety.

They were also ordered to surrender their passport to the court pending disposal of their cases and to report to the nearest office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) every two months.

In another Sessions Court proceeding, before judge Azura Alwi, Yong and another person, Jamsari Abdul Rahim, 41, pleaded not guilty after they were charged with money-laundering activities, involving RM13,000,000, believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities, through a cheque belonging to Syarikat AceTimur Drilling Sdn Bhd, through a Public Bank branch on July 10, 2015.

In the same court, Jamsari, who is a Grab car driver, also pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of receiving and transferring a total of RM12,122,216.60, believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities, in the form of six cheques, at the TTDI Maybank Berhad branch between May 25, 2015 and Nov 16, 2016.

Jamsari, represented by lawyer Rodzim Zaimy, was allowed bail of RM270,000 in one surety and also ordered to surrender his passport to the court, as well as report to a MACC office every month.

Meanwhile, in a Sessions Court before judge Azman Ahmad, Yong’s husband, Ng Soon Ling, 54, pleaded not guilty to two counts of receiving proceeds from unlawful activities, involving RM3,852,712.20 and RM2,377,400.20, into a CIMB bank account and a Standard Chartered Bank account which belonged to him.

Both the offences were allegedly committed at CIMB Bhd Jalan Mutiara Timur Satu, Cheras, here, on Feb 4, 2016 and at Standard Chartered Bank Bhd, Jalan Prima Saujana, Kajang, on Feb 5, 2016.

Ng was allowed bail of RM400,000 in one surety and to surrender his passport at the court. He was also ordered to report to a MACC office on the first week of every month.

All the charges were made under Section 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act Act 2002, which provides an imprisonment for up to 15 years and is liable to fine of not less than five times the value of the proceeds of unlawful activities, or RM5 million, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

All the cases were fixed for mention on Aug 20, to be heard jointly before Rozina.

On March 12, Yong and Ahmad Asyraaf pleaded not guilty to making claims for exploration work with fraudulent details amounting to nearly RM20 million.