KUALA LUMPUR: A company owner was fined RM141,000 by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to five charges of submitting falsified documents to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to claim an incentive of RM140,000 under the Penjana Kerjaya 2.0 programme two years ago.

Judge Azura Alwi sentenced Lee Hong Rong, 24, who owns Era Media Sdn Bhd after he changed his plea to guilty on five alternative charges during case mention today.

The court also ordered him to serve 38 months in prison if he defaulted on the fine.

According to the charges, Lee was accused of submitting five falsified employee verification forms to a Socso officer under the Hiring Incentive Programme in the name of Perusahaan Era Media Sdn Bhd, for a claim of RM140,000.

He committed the offences at the Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Socso Office between April 23 and June 4, 2021, and was charged under Section 471 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by up to two years imprisonment, or fine, or both, upon conviction.

However, the 26 charges involving falsified documents faced by Lee previously were taken into consideration under Section 171A of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Deputy Public Prosecutor Muaz Ahmad Khairuddin, and Prosecuting Officer Mohd Aliff Shaharuzaman appeared for the prosecution, while Lee was represented by lawyer Lim Chi Chau. -Bernama