KUCHING: A man, whose claim of being a human organ trafficker was found by police to be false, has pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court here on Thursday to three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT).
The 48-year-old man entered the plea after the charges were read to him before Sessions Court Judge Marutin Pagan.
Deputy prosecutor Daniel Ilham Kamarudin requested a new date for the case hearing which should have been heard before judge Steve Ritikos, who had to attend other official duties.
The prosecution also refused to offer any bail and has asked the court to order the accused to be remanded in custody at Puncak Borneo Prison.
The man, whose address is at Taman Sukma, was accused of committing the offence while he was an assistant accountant of the Insolvency Department Sarawak. He was terminated by the department in 2013 after he went absent without leave.
He had allegedly disbursed payment vouchers to individuals with no connection to the department, resulting in losses amounting to RM249,101.25 in 2012.
Under the first charge, he was accused of committing CBT, involving a sum of RM97,623.31 on April 4, 2012, and under the second and third charges, the money involved was RM85,000 on June 22, 2012 and RM66,477.94 on Nov 16, 2012, respectively.
He faces a jail sentence of up to 20 years or at least two years, whipping and is liable to a fine if convicted.
The accused was not represented.