Man charged with cheating woman while posing as Istana Negara adviser

PUTRAJAYA: A food stall operator in Temerloh, Pahang, was charged at the Magistrate’s Court here today with cheating a woman of RM100,000 by posing as an Istana Negara adviser who supervises the Istana Negeri Sarawak’s asset liquidation and unfreezing process.

Mohd Salimie Baharudin, 26, claimed trial after the charge was read before magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim.

He was accused of cheating the 41-year-old victim at No. 2, Jalan P10B/11, Precinct 10 here on Aug 1 by promising a three-fold profit for her cash of RM100,000, which he allegedly told her to deposit into several accounts.

Shah Wira allowed the accused bail of RM10,000 with one surety and set Sept 17 for mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Zulaaikha Mohd Apandi prosecuted, while the accused was represented by Noor Svetlana Mohd Noor Noordin.

Prior to this, the media reported that police had detained a 26-year-old man for allegedly posing as the private secretary to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Istana Negara adviser with the title “Datuk Seri” and making the woman believe that he was in charge of unfreezing the assets of Istana Sarawak worth RM1.8 million.