Malaysian who made $8.50 in scam gets four years

March 6, 2007 05:20


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Malaysian woman has been sentenced to more than 4 years in jail for her role in a million-ringgit scam, even though her lawyer says she received just 30 ringgit (US$8.50; €6.5) of the profits, news reports said Tuesday. Hairdresser Norzana Ruslan had made two separate withdrawals totaling 1.24 million ringgit (US$352,000; €269,000) from Tabung Haji, a savings bank for Muslims, in 2001 under another name by using a fake identity card, The Star newspaper said. She was found guilty Monday in the High Court and sentenced to 74 months in total on two counts of cheating. The jail terms will run concurrently meaning she will only serve 50 months, the New Straits Times reported. Norzan's lawyer said the 27-year-old was influenced by a female customer and another male friend to participate in the scheme, The Star reported. She only received 30 ringgit for her role, the report said.

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