MELAKA: A single mother who claimed to be an insurance agent was charged in the Sessions Court here today with dishonest misappropriation of property and cheating, involving losses amounting to RM719,902.98 seven years ago.

Loo Mei Lin, 48, who is chairman of a construction company, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read out to her before Judge Norma Ismail.

She was charged with deceiving one Teh Eet Meng, 54, (she) by claiming to be an Allianz insurance agent registered to buy 16 insurance policies, and in doing so, had caused the victim to suffer a loss of RM626,402.98.

The charge, under under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, provides an imprisonment for up to 10 years and whipping and is liable with fine, if found guilty.

Loo also faced two charges under Section 403 of the Penal Code for dishonest misappropriation of property involving a Citibank cheque belonging to the same victim amounting to RM93,500.

She faced an imprisonment for up to two years, or with fine, or both, if found guilty.

Loo, who has three children, also faced another charged with falsifying the signature of one Yap Soo Hui, 27, (she) on a Hayat Allianz insurance application form.

The charge, made under Section 471/465 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to two years, or fine, or both, if found guilty.

She was alleged to have committed all the offences in the Melaka Tengah district between November 2013 and July 2015.

The court allowed Loo bail of RM30,000 on all charges and the court set Jan 20 for mention.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutors Anis Wahidah Mohamad and Mazuin Hashim, while Loo was represented by lawyers Nizam Bashir, Linda Phua and Rajsurian Pillai. — Bernama