SHAH ALAM: A former Telekom Malaysia (TM) Bhd marketing and SME channel manager was today sentenced to RM4.1million fine and one-year jail at the Sessions Court after being found guilty of 10 counts of making false claims of almost RM1million six years ago.
In meting out the sentence, Judge Rozilah Salleh ordered Noorazlina Shamsudin, 41, to pay RM4,111,992.95 fine, in default 35-month imprisonment, and for the one-year jail term for each charge to run concurrently.
Noorazlina was accused of using delivery orders and invoices belonging to Syarikat Excellent Spring Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Core Entity Sdn Bhd, which contained the false claims totalling RM822,398.59 when the actual fact the projects did not take place.
She allegedly committed the offences at TM MSC office in TM Cyberjaya Complex, Cyberjaya, between Apr 17, 2012 and Jan 2, 2013.
The false claims were in relation to the installation of Unifi cable in premises project.
The accused had on Nov 12, 2014, pleaded not guilty to charges under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
Prosecution was conducted by MACC deputy public prosecutor Mohammad Heikal Ismail, while the accused was represented by counsel Arik Zakri Abdul Kadir and Ahmad Kamal Abu Bakar.
Arik Zakri, in appealing for a lesser sentence, said Norazlina, who had lost her job since the case came to light, had to take care of her husband who was diagnosed with various illnesses.
“The accused now runs a goat farm in Beranang on her own initiative. She is remorseful and would recite zikir (short prayers or phrase) during the court hearing to seek forgiveness from Allah,” he said.
He said the accused, who started working with TM in 1995 in Johor Bahru, received TM SME’s best sales manager award in 2013.
Mohamad Heikal said the prosecution focused on public interest rather than the interest of the accused and requested for a deterrent penalty.
“The punishment would serve as a lesson to Norazlina and a deterrent to others,” he said.