Woman fined RM40,000 for making false documents, claim for fertility treatment

KUANTAN, A former administrative assistant was fined a total of RM40,000 by the Sessions Court here today after she pleaded guilty to 10 alternative counts of making false receipts for her purportedly fertility treatment, involving RM84,520.

Judge Mohd Ghazali Mohamad Taib meted out the fine, in default six months’ jail, on Mazuin Zulkifli, 33.

The woman, from Sungai Lembing here, was charged with making the false receipts for the amount, purportedly issued by the Fertility Centre of Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) Hospital here, between Sept 14, 2015 and Sept 7, 2017.

She was charged with committing the offence during her service with the Pahang Forestry Department and at the Pahang Agriculture Department, where she was transferred to in 2017.

Based on the facts of the case, the woman underwent fertility treatment between May 2, 2014 and July 31, 2015 but was unsuccessful and claimed for the cost of the treatment, amounting to RM9,020 and was approved by the Pahang Finance and Treasury Office.

She was divorced from her husband in 2016, but had used the same documents, accompanied by false receipts, to make claims for treatment, purportedly issued by the UIAM Hospital Fertility Centre, for between RM7,075 and RM9, 420.

In mitigation, her lawyer, Datuk Syed Azimal Amir Syed Abu Bakar said his client had resigned from the service.

“She had written to the Pahang Finance and Treasury Office on Aug 16, 2018 stating her intention to pay back the money, but did not receive any response.

“However, the act showed her remorse and we hope the court can give her a last chance by imposing the fine, instead of imprisonment, he added.

She paid the fine.

Deputy public prosecutor from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Siti Sarah Zainal Abiddin, prosecuted.

Source; BERNAMA (News Agency)