Director pleads not guilty to using fake invoice

KUALA LUMPUR: A company director with a Datuk Seri title has claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court here to a charge of using a fake invoice three years ago.

Datuk Seri Chin Kok Foong, 46, was accused of using fake invoices dated Sept 28, 2019, and May 5, 2020, which belonged to APC Builder & Construction Sdn Bhd.

He allegedly committed the offence at premises at Jalan Stesen Sentral 2 here in October 2020.

The charge was framed under Section 471 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum seven years’ imprisonment and fine, upon conviction.

The accused pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out before Magistrate Nadia Othman here yesterday.

Prosecuting officer Asst Supt P. Nom Phot did not offer bail.

Lawyer Wan Muhd Ariff Ameer Wan Normazlan, who represented the accused, however asked the court’s discretion to grant a low bail of between RM2,000 and RM3,000.

He said his client has to support his father, wife who was not working and two children aged 14 and 15.

“Although he earns RM30,000 a month, his bailor is his staffer who earns about RM6,000 monthly and the staffer would be the one footing the bail money.

“My client also has given his cooperation in the investigation which began last year,” the lawyer said.

The lawyer added that his client was not a flight risk.

Magistrate Nadia fixed bail at RM3,500 in one surety.

The case is set for mention on March 21.