Former co-op head, 2 wives charged with RM3.5 mil money laundering

Jali Sekak, Norhaizan Yahya and Nur Nadia Yusof (with their faces covered) at the Sessions Court in Petaling Jaya today. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A former Koperasi Hartanah Malaysia Berhad (Kohama) executive chairman and his two wives were charged at the Sessions Court here today with 25 counts of money laundering amounting to RM3.5 million.

Jali Sekak, 53, faces 12 counts while his two wives, Norhaizan Yahya, 47, and Nur Nadia Yusof, 31, face 11 counts and two counts respectively.

They pleaded not guilty to all the charges that were read separately before judge Hilmiah Yusof.

Jali was charged with using a total of RM1,843,040, believed to be proceeds from illegal activities, from Kohama’s bank account to make payments to several individuals.

Norhaizan, who was the Kohama treasurer and involved in management, was alleged to have used RM1,233,099, believed to be proceeds from illegal activities, from Kohama’s bank account to make payments to several individuals and companies.

Nur Nadia, who was a director of Pro Speed Resources, was charged with using RM480,000 belonging to the company, believed to be proceeds from illegal activities.

The offences were allegedly committed at the Hong Leong Bank branches in Putra Heights’ Giant Hypermarket and USJ 22 and at the CIMB Bank branch at USJ 9, Subang Jaya, between Oct 10, 2014 and June 15, 2015.

The trio were charged under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Illegal Activities Act 2001, which provides for an imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum of the proceeds from illegal activities, or RM5 million, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

They were allowed bail of RM5,000 each in one surety each and ordered to surrender their passports and to report to the nearest police station once a month.

The court fixed March 13 for mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Atiqah Liyana Shahrir prosecuted while all three accused were represented by counsel Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin.