Two Nigerians identified as Egwuasu Bernard Nnaemeka and Egwuasu Chimiezi Benjamin, both aged 32 who are believed to be masterminds of a Macau Scam syndicate, were accused defrauding a former teacher Nor Faizah Othman, 48, between April 21 and June 12, 2017, causing her to suffer a total loss of RM148,490 (about N12,946,980) were today charged at the magistrate’s court in Malaysia with criminal conspiracy.
The suspects who were denied bail, were charged under Section 120(B)(1) of the Penal Code, read together with Section 411 of the same Act, which carries a maximum penalty of five years’ jail and a fine.
Nov 23 was fixed for mention and appointment of counsel for the suspects, who pleaded not guilty to the charge read before magistrate Nurunaim Abdullah. It was gathered that the duo, who were studying at a private higher learning institution entered the country in 2016.
Tee was accused of receiving the money through several bank transactions at Jalan Beserah, here, between 12.15pm and 2pm between April 21 and June 12 last year.
He told the court that he befriended the duo through Facebook three years ago, but denied ever meeting the men.
He also admitted to handing his automated teller machine (ATM) card to the accused which was in their possession when they were arrested by the police on Sept 21.