Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lawyer charged with cheating client of RM9 million over land deal

A corporate lawyer was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today with misappropriating about RM9 million of his client's money meant to purchase a plot of land in the city. How Chee Hong pleaded not guilty to the charge. How, 48, is said to have committed the offence at CIMB Bank Berhad Solaris Mount Kiara branch in Kuala Lumpur, between December 2010 and July 2012. If found guilty, he faces a jail term of up to 20 years, fine and whipping. How also claimed trial to an alternative charge of cheating Newlake director Datuk Haziz Yom Ahmad into believing that he (How) had secured the consent of the landowners to purchase a land. This induced Hazizi to deposit RM9.056 million with the legal firm Kumar Jaspal Quah and Aishah. The offence carries a maximum jail term of 10 years, fine and whipping. Sessions Judge Abdul Rashid Daud set bail at RM300,000 with one surety and ordered How to surrender his passport to court upon his return from overseas on March 21. He fixed mention of the case on April 8. Datuk K. Kumaraendran appeared for How while deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Ilmami Ahmad prosecuted. – March 3, 2016.]]>

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