Policemen escort the accused out of the court complex.

KUCHING: A real estate agent pleaded not guilty before the Magistrates’ Court here today to fraudulent criminal offence allegedly committed on May 11 involving 32 financial transactions.

The 47-year-old man was charged with seven counts under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating which carries a jail term of not less than one year and not more than 10 years, whipping, and fine, upon conviction.

According to Kuching District acting police chief Supt Merbin Lisa, the accused allegedly committed the fraud by offering to the complainant that he (accused) could help to obtain approval of a firearm licence through a phone call and WhatsApp application.

“The complainant has made payment amounting to RM300,000 to the accused.

“Investigations found that the accused never helped the complainant to apply for a firearm licence and the money was utilised for his personal use,” he said in a statement.

The accused was arrested on Sept 8 by a team from the Commercial Crime Investigation Division of Kuching IPD in collaboration with the Criminal Investigation Division of Petaling Jaya district police.

The accused was released on RM10,000 bail with one surety.

The court has fixed Sept 15 for case hearing.