Agu Salim Saibi, former branch manager of Cisco (M) in Medan Istana, Bandar Ipoh Raya was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and fined slightly more than RM200,000 after the 55 year old pleaded guilty to three separate charges of making false salary and overtime claims for a person who did not work for the security company.

According to reports from Malay Mail Online and New Straits Times, Agu Salim was charged with committing the offence between January 2012 and May 2014.

The offences

As the branch manager of the company, he was responsible for submitting time sheets of employees to be verified by him after calculating the number of work days and public holidays for the purpose of payment.

For the first offence, the accused admitted that he had deceived Cisco (M) when he submitted the false claims totaling RM14,763.97 using the name of his brother-in-law, Roslan Abu Hassan, 42, from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2012.

For the second offence, Agu Salim made similar claims totaling RM15,989.35 from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2013. While for the third one, he had claimed RM9,267.92 for Roslan's salary and overtime payments from Jan 1 to May 31, 2014.

Paying the price

For submitting the three false claims totalling RM40,021.24, Agu Salim was sentenced to six months imprisonment for each offence and fined RM200,106.20 by the Sessions Court in Ipoh.

Malay Mail Online reported that Judge S. Indera Nehru ordered the sentence against the accused who was a former armed forces personnel to commence yesterday. While it was reported by New Straits Times that Agu Salim was unrepresented while deputy public prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin prosecuted.

He was charged under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act which carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of at least five times of the money involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, for each offence.

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