A man was sentenced to 6 years in jail by the Kluang Sessions Court on 21 November after he pleaded guilty to the use of counterfeit money in 2 separate events.
According to Harian Metro, the accused, Lim Lai Kok, 53, was accused of using a RM100 counterfeit note at a shoe store in Taman Sri Tengah at 3.30 p.m. on 7 November.
The first charge against Lim was him buying a leather bag worth RM30 at the store. The store owner later realises that the RM100 given to him was a counterfeit note and he then lodged a police report regarding the incident.
The further investigation also found that the accused had another RM100 counterfeit note in possession.
Meanwhile, the second charge against Lim was again, the use of RM100 counterfeit note when buying printer ink at a shop in Jalan Lambak. Similarly, the shop owner later found out that the RM100 note was a counterfeit and then lodged a police report.
Lim was charged under Section 489B of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to 20 years if convicted.
In his appeal, Lim, who works as a construction worker, said his income was uncertain and he had to support his family, including his wife and 3 children who were still in school.
The accused appealed for a lighter sentence and said he had to commit the act out of desperation due to the lack of money for his children’s school expenses apart from his poor health condition.
However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Farah Nabihah said this was not the first offense committed by Lim and a heavier punishment should be imposed on Lim to created awareness to the community that the use of counterfeit money is strictly prohibited.
Lim was not represented by a lawyer.
Sessions Court Judge Mujib Saroji then sentenced Lim to 3 years of imprisonment on each charge and the sentence served from the date of his arrest.