Charity foundation man jailed for embezzling RM973,000

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PETALING JAYA: A former senior executive of Yayasan Budi Penyayang was sentenced to five years’ jail today on four counts of abetting criminal breach of trust by misusing the foundation’s property amounting to RM972,936.35.

Helmy Abdul Halim, 43, was sentenced to a five-year jail term on each charge. Sessions Court judge Fadzlin Suraya Mohd Suah ordered the sentences to run concurrently, starting today.

According to the charges, Helmy, a senior finance and administration executive at the foundation, had been entrusted with RM972,936.35 belonging to the foundation.

He was charged with abetting his wife, Shanizarina Shamsuddin, the finance executive at the foundation, in misusing the money for a personal purpose.

The offences were allegedly committed between April 2010 and November 2013 at the foundation’s premises in Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan, Serdang.

The prosecution stated that a police report was lodged against Helmy’s wife after the chairman of the foundation, Ariff Farhan Doss, found that a sum of money had been transferred to the personal account of the accused since 2010.

An investigation found that the money had been deposited into a bank account owned by Helmy by his wife (Shanizarina) to pay the couple’s illegal moneylender, the court was told.

Deputy public prosecutor Ashyraf Ashy’ari Kamaruzzaman urged the court to impose a severe sentence, taking into account the huge amount of losses of almost RM1 million.

“Various charity activities could take place with that amount of money, not to mention the money should be used for a good cause, in the name of Yayasan Budi Penyayang.

“Therefore, I urge for a sentence that will serve as a lesson to the accused and the public,” he said.

The accused, who was unrepresented, appealed for a lenient sentence.