Ex-director’s wife has four bank accounts – witness

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KOTA KINABALU (May 19): Sessions court here on Thursday was told that the wife of the former director of the state water department had three fixed deposit accounts and one checking account which were opened in a bank branch here in 1994 and 1999.

Anicee Yong told Judge Abu Bakar Manat that Fauziah Hj Piut’s four account balances were RM87,817.42, RM29,535.03, RM59,273.29 and RM43,281.70 respectively.

However, the 47-year-old witness said all four accounts were frozen on November 4, 2016.

In his witness statement, the 24th witness, who is an assistant manager in a bank here, said that three fixed deposit accounts were opened on September 22, 1999 while the current account was on November 14, 1994.

Meanwhile, the 23rd witness said Fauziah had a savings account which was opened at a bank branch here on March 25, 2008.

In his witness statement, Patrick Angkui, 52, a bank manager, said the balance of said account was RM72,883.28.

The witness also said the account was frozen on November 4, 2006.

The witness further testified that, based on the account opening document, Fauziah’s profession was clerk and his education was degree level.

Fauziah, 57, her husband, Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, 59, and Lim Lam Beng @ Lim Chee Hong, 68, were tried for alleged money laundering offenses involving cash and savings bank accounts amounting to RM61.48 million, as well as illegal possession of luxury goods.

Fauziah faces 19 charges while Ag Mohd Tahir faces 11 charges under section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001 , terrorist financing and proceeds of illegal activities.

She faces two other joint charges with Ag Mohd Tahir under Section 4(1)(b) also of the same law. Her husband also has another charge under section 4(1)(a) of the same law.

Ag Mohd Tahir and his wife allegedly committed the offenses in his office here, a house in Semblan, bank branches, a condominium, Sulaman and a tower block in Kuala Lumpur between October 4 and November 4, 2016.

Lim allegedly committed the offenses at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Jalan UMS and a house here between October 13 and November 8, 2016.

Attorney Marcel Jude Joseph represented Fauziah and Ag Mohd Tahir while attorney Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, Aaron Lau (watched the trial via Zoom), Baldev Singh and Karpaljit Singh acted for Lim.

The trial will resume from June 13 to 16.

Shawanda H. Saldana