Eight medical assistants were each sentenced to a fine in default of imprisonment by the Sessions Court here after being found guilty of falsifying overtime allowance claims. Pix by Edmund Samunting

KOTA KINABALU: Eight medical assistants were each sentenced to a fine in default of imprisonment by the Sessions Court here after being found guilty of falsifying overtime allowance claims.

Judge Aby Bakar Manat imposed a fine of RM15,000 against Mohd Rosidih Mohd Saidi; Jaduin Untop (RM18,000); Terence Linchos (RM17,000); Zulkifli Arun (RM14,000); Noor Salim Mohd Zin (RM12,000); Mohd Akmal Hafiz Mohd Ariff, (RM12,000); and Juraineh Musalim (RM7,000), in default of three months' jail.

Meanwhile, Naza Fadirul @ Mick Ab Satar was sentenced to a RM20,000 fine in default of four months' jail.

All medical assistants were attached to the Ophthalmology Clinic of Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 here. They allegedly used the false overtime allowance claims at the Sabah Accountant General's Department at Wisma Perindustrian here between Feb 1 and June 30, 2016.

This was their first offence and they had on Feb 1 pleaded guilty to several alternative charges under Section 471 of the Penal Code for using as genuine a forged document.

In sentencing, Abu Bakar advised all the offenders to learn from their mistake.

"As human beings, we all make mistakes and there is always room for improvement. If all of you are still employed, please uphold integrity and never take advantage of any situation.

"Think before you act because you will embarrass not just yourself, but your family," he said.

Mohd Rosidih, Zulkifli, Terence, Jaduin, Noor Salim, Mohd Akmal and Naza were each charged with five counts of submitting false overtime allowance claims for the months of January until May 2016.

Meanwhile, Juraineh was charged with three counts of using similar false claims of overtime allowance statements for the months of March until May 2016 amounting to RM8,647.40.

Noor Salim and Mohd Akmal were represented by counsel Hairul Vyron while the rest were represented by counsel Ram Singh.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Rozanna Abd Hadi and Rustam Sanip represented the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

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