High Court upholds Conviction, Sentence of former MARA Employee for falsifying Documents
30 December 2016 | Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Bernama) -- The High Court here today upheld the conviction and increased to three years, from 18 months, the sentence imposed by a lower court on a former Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) employee for falsifying documents.

Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah made the decision after dismissing an appeal by former MARA finance administrative assistant Shahnon Mustapha, 33.

In the judgment, Azman said the court concurred with the findings of the Sessions Court judge in October last year that the defence by the accused was merely fictitious.

He said the claim by the accused that he was framed also failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution's case.

The reason being that the relevant documents and names of the recipients were his (accused) siblings and wife and that the hand-writing on the documents belonged to the accused, he added.

The court also dismissed a request by Shahnon, represented by lawyer Jefri Jaafar, for a stay of the sentence.

Shahnon was charged with three counts of falsifying the Mara payment vouchers by amending the original amount of RM38,315 to RM126,32 to support a claim for the Refund Arrears of Student Allowance for four students, when in fact they were not Mara-sponsored students.

He was also charged with three counts of falsifying documents pertaining to the claims by inserting the names of the said students in the documents.

All the offences were allegedly committed in the Finance Division of the Mara headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut here, between April 19 and Oct 6, 2010.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Afifah Yusof, from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.


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