KUALA LUMPUR: A former lawyer, currently serving time for criminal breach of trust (CBT), was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Sessions Court here today for a similar offence.
Judge Datuk Ahmad Kamal Arifin Ismail ordered Yap Ooi Lye, 38, to serve the sentence from the date of arrest on April 7, 2017 after she changed her plea to guilty.
Yap, who was then a solicitor and an advocate of a legal firm, was charged with committing CBT involving RM22,286.67 paid by one Zarith Sofia Nordin, 33, for the purchase of a house in Hulu Selangor.
The offence was committed at the legal firm of Jenny Yap & Associates at Jalan Metro Perdana 8, Taman Usahawan Kepong here between May 2014 and March 2016.
The charge, under Section 409 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to 20 year, with whipping, and is also liable to fine, if found guilty.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Khairiyah Samsudin prosecuted while Yap was represented by counsel P. G. Cyril.