KAJANG: Two men including a "Datuk" who were just charged last week with deceiving nine people over land transfer payments were charged again at the Sessions Court here today with a similar offence involving over RM630,000.
Datuk Nor Hasnal Hashmi, 49, and Sayyid Walid Hasuana, 31, both pleaded not guilty when the nine charges were read to them before judge Datin Surita Budin.
The duo were charged with cheating nine people into believing that they will transfer land plots for the construction of nine houses for the victims, which led the nine to handover a total of RM637,500 to Masgenuine Alliance Holdings Sdn Bhd as payment for the non-existent land transfer.
They allegedly committed the offences at Jalan Lagenda Suria 3, Taman Lagenda Suria in Hulu Langat, here, between October 2012 and September 2014.
The charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years, whipping and fine, if convicted.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Siti Noor Hafizan Zakaria offered RM150,000 bail to each of the accused.
In pleading for a minimum bail, counsel Zainal Omar who represented Nor Hasnal said his client who is a father of 10 is still supporting seven of his children who are still in school.
"My client was also declared bankrupt in January which affected his source of income to support his family," he said.
Counsel Ahmad Zaharil Muhaiyar represented Sayyid.
The court then allowed RM80,000 bail for each of the accused and ordered for the duo to surrender their passports to the court until the disposal of the case.
Their case will be up for mention in May 10.
On Thursday, Nor Hasnal and Sayyid with another man claimed trial at the Sessions Court in Selayang to nine counts of a similar offence involving RM700,000.