Former Melaka education trust fund man faces 146 CBT charges involving RM2.4 mil

MELAKA: A former Melaka State Education Trust Fund (Tapem) administrative assistant was charged in the Sessions Court here today with 146 counts of criminal breach of trust involving over RM2.4 million.

The accused, Mohd Hanafi Ismail, 31, however pleaded not guilty after two court interpreters took almost an hour to read the charges out to him before Judge Mohd Nasir Nordin.

Hanafi, who was entrusted with a certain amount of funds, was charged with misappropriating RM2.404 million, which had been allocated as scholarship for students in the state.

He was alleged to have committed the offences at the Tapem Finance Unit, Bangunan Kota Cemerlang, on Hang Tuah Jaya here, between Jan 23, 2017 and Dec 21, 2018.

The charges, framed under Section 408 of the Penal Code, provide for a maximum jail term of 14 years with whipping and a fine, upon conviction.

The judge allowed the accused bail of RM250,000 in one surety and ordered him to hand over his passport to the court. Hanafi must also report to the Melaka MACC office each month.

The prosecution was conducted by MACC prosecuting officers Irwan Shah and Nik Haslinie Hashim, while counsel Emirul Sarifudin, Ahmad Hafiz A Bakar and Kenneth Kassa represented the accused.

The court set Oct 2 for mention.