The two accused being escorted out of the courtroom.

Socso offence

KUCHING: A couple has been charged at the Magistrate’s Court here with committing 15 counts of fraud and causing the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to lose RM26,019.40.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Maria Rasid said the couple, who are in their 40s, were charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code for the offences committed from August 2019 to October this year.

If convicted, the accused are looking at a jail term of not less than one year and not more than 10 years, and whipping, as well as a fine.

“The wife acted as a widow to apply for notice details and claim for pension benefits (death pension) for her supposedly deceased husband, for the approval of monthly death pension payment into the accused’s account.

“Subsequently, Socso made the claim payment for pension benefit (death pension) to the accused by transferring RM1,354.17 every month to the accused’s bank account,” Supt Maria said in a statement.

Both accused were arrested last Friday (Oct 16).

The two accused, who were not represented, pleaded guilty to all 15 charges read out against them.

Magistrate 1 Mohd Syukri Mohktar set the case re-mention date to Nov 3 and offered the accused a cash bail of RM10,000 with one local surety for six charges read out.

Meanwhile, Magistrate 2 Morni Linta Mohktar set a case re-mention date for today and offered a cash bail of RM10,000 with one local surety for three charges read out.

In the third courtroom, Magistrate 3 Zaiton Annuar set a re-mention date for the case on Nov 3, and offered a cash bail of RM10,000 with one local surety for the six charges read out.