(File pix) A husband and wife were charged at the Magistrate’s Court here today with eight counts of cheating four victims of RM7,560 and using forged documents.

MELAKA: A husband and wife were charged at the Magistrate’s Court here today with eight counts of cheating four victims of RM7,560 and using forged documents.

Hairizal Abd Hamid, 44, and his wife Noryusniza Karim, 39, from Bertam Malim, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial to all the charges.

The charges were read out against them at separate courts before Magistrate Norina Maludin and Magistrate Mohd Firdaus Saleh, respectively.

In the first proceeding, the duo were jointly charged with cheating Ungku Safiah Ungku Abd Hamid, 55, and Ong Yong Shi, 44, to hand over cash amounting to RM5,160 to open a non-existent SSPN-i account.

The offences were allegedly committed on Apr 13 and Apr 17 in the Melaka Tengah district.

If convicted, they could face a maximum ten years’ imprisonment, whipping and a fine under Section 420 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Act.

The duo were also charged with using fake National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) receipts on Apr 8 and Apr 17 in the Melaka Tengah district.

If convicted, they could a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment and fine under Section 474 of the Penal Code.

Deputy public prosecutor N. Sivashangari prosecuted the case.

The duo, who were unrepresented, pleaded for a lower bail as they were unemployed and have to care for two children, aged five and nine.

Mohd Firdaus then set bail at RM2,000 each for the first charge; RM5,000 each for the second, third and fourth charge; RM2,000 for the fifth and six charge with one surety each.

Mohd Firdaus fixed Oct 25 for the case to be mentioned.

In a separate proceeding before Magistrate Norina Maludin, the duo also claimed trial to cheating victims of RM2,400 by opening non-existent SSPN-i accounts on April 8 this year.

They were also charged with using a forged PTPTN receipt on April 13.

Norina then fixed bail at RM5,000 for the first charge and RM6,000 for the second charge. She fixed Oct 10 for case mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Azri Zakaria prosecuted.

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