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KUALA LUMPUR: A former credit manager of Le Meridien Hotel found guilty of Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) involving RM299,086.42 was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Sessions Court here today.
Judge S.M Komathy Suppiah reached the decision after the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the case against Ai'ra Abdul Aziz, 33.
The court handed down fours years for each of the three charges and ordered them to run concurrently effective today.
Komathy however allowed a stay of execution pending appeal, on condition it be filed by noon tomorrow and raised Ai'ra's current bail from RM10,000 to RM15,000.
In her judgment, Komathy said the hotel finance director L. Aloysius Kumar and assistant financial controller Choo Mun Ling had testified that they had not given Ai'ra permission or approved her transactions.
"109 credit card transactions amounting to RM299.086.42 was charged under three credit cards in Ai'ra's name between November 2008 and August 2009, which required prior approval from Aloysius Kumar or Choo," she said.
The judge added that Ai'ra's defence that she had obtained Aloysius Kumar's permission to use the hotel's bank accounts to receive profits from her father's investments did not make sense and appeared to be clutching at straws, as the hotel had no such policy.
Ai'ra was charged with CBT under the Penal Code for depositing RM299,086.42 from Le Meridien's account into her three credit card accounts at the hotel's finance office in Brickfields.
Deputy Public prosecutor Shashitah Mohd Hanifa called on nine witnesses throughout the proceedings while Ranjit Singh represented Ai'ra with three defence witnesses. -- BERNAMA