Ex-HR Chief Fined RM8,000 For False Eye-Treatment Claim

Kuala Lumpur – A former human resource unit head was fined RM8,000 for submitting a false claim for eye-treatment medical expenses in 2011.

Siti Rohaya Ali Omar, who used to work for Koperasi Usahamasa Masyarakat Maju Berhad, was ordered by the Sessions Court today to serve six months in jail if she failed to settle the fine.

The 37-year-old previously pleaded guilty on Nov 13 to committing the offence which involved her dishonestly claiming for RM2,550 via a forged receipt of LH Goh Eye Surgery, dated Nov 11, 2011.

She had paid only RM498 to the eye clinic for the treatment on that date.

Siti Rohaya made the false claim at No 35-2 & 33-2 Jalan Medan Tuanku here, between Nov 11 and Nov 14, 2011.

Earlier during mitigation, Siti Rohaya pleaded to be sentenced with only a fine because there is uncertainty whether her husband’s work contract would be extended.

It is understood that her husband worked with an airline company as a steward.

The accused said that she had only recently found new work and that the couple have two children to support.

Siti Rohaya is understood to have been recently employed as an administrative executive by a multinational auditing firm.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuting officer Wan Ahmad Nidzam Wan Omar urged the court to impose a deterrent penalty.

Judge Mohd Nasir Nordin then sentenced Siti Rohaya with RM8,000 fine in default of six months jail.

“I hope you will not repeat the offence and seek forgiveness,” Mohd Nasir advised Siti Rohaya, who was unrepresented.

Her husband was later seen at court arranging payment of the fine.

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