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GEORGE TOWN: A 29-year-old man who goes by the name “Datuk Kabi” claimed trial in a magistrate’s court in Balik Pulau to cheating a car salesman of RM75,000.
C. Kamaleshwaran, who was unrepresented, claimed trial to cheating Ng Cheiw Beng, 43, by inducing him into believing that an AmBank (M) Bhd cheque dated April 5, 2006 for RM75,000 was genuine.
On trial: Kamaleshwaran being led away by a policeman after he was charged at the Balik Pulau magistrates court Friday. He was later rearrested.
The cheque was purportedly payment made by Kamaleshwaran to Ng for the purchase of a car.
Kamaleshwaran, from Kuala Ketil, Kedah, denied committing the offence at the Pappadom Restaurant at Krystal Point in Sungai Nibong at 3pm on March 26, 2006.
He faces a maximum jail term of 10 years with whipping and a fine if found guilty.
Prosecuting officer Chief Insp Md Saad Hassan had suggested bail of RM8,000 but Kamaleshwaran appealed for a lesser amount saying his aged mother could not afford the high amount.
Magistrate Norhayati Johar allowed Kamaleshwaran bail of RM3,000 in one surety and fixed the case for mention on Feb 11.
It was learnt that Kamaleshwaran was rearrested outside the court for other related cases in Penang after his mother posted bail in the afternoon.
It has been reported that a “Datuk Kabi” was involved in more than 20 cheating cases involving land and other transactions using dishonoured cheques in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kedah and Penang.
He allegedly issued cheques from a closed bank account to buy and rent houses and purchase other goods.
The man had turned himself in to the Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Department on Dec 18, last year.