Ex-Ambank staff topped up RM55,000 for Najib’s overdrawn account

Ex-Ambank staff topped up RM55,000 for Najib’s overdrawn account

KUALA LUMPUR: Former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu Ging Ping admitted that she may have used RM55,000 of her own money to regularise former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s bank account ending 906 on 29 Sept 2014.

This happened after his account was overdrawn by RM55,000 due to a RM80,000 cheque that was issued without enough balance.

Yu said this happened when either fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or his associates failed to deposit cash into Najib’s account when it was overdrawn.

The defence contended that between June 2014 and March 2015, a total of RM12.7 million was deposited in 19 tranches each time the accounts were in deficit.

Najib had three new current accounts with AmBank opened in July 2013.

Defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh then referred to a record of chats via Blackberry Messenger she had had with Low, better known as Jho Low, and several others including Low’s personal assistant Josie and his associate Kee Kok Thiam.

The communication indicated that Yu had attempted to contact Low, but that he had been on a plane at the time.

She also reached out to Josie and Kee, who were in Penang and Melaka respectively at the time, which was on Sept 29, 2014.

Yu said Low had contacted her later and paid her the RM55,000 the next day.

Earlier Yu testified that £9 million (RM45 million) was deposited into Najib’s current accounts in six tranches between June and December 2014.

Najib is facing three charges of money laundering, three charges of criminal breach of trust and one power abuse charge over in the transfer of RM42 million from SRC International.

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