Badminton fans may remember former national player Robert Lin Woon Fui (凌文辉). He once made it to the quarter-finals of the 2006 IBF World Championships men’s doubles with his partner. However, in recent years, Robert has become known for something else.
Robert apparently defrauded a man of almost RM60,000 a few years ago. Today (8th July), he faced the court and was charged with two counts of deceiving a certain Lee Yang Sheng. He pleaded not guilty to both counts.
Robert, currently 39 years old, supposedly cheated Lee twice in 2016. The first instance happened between 6th to 8th June in Setia Alam, Shah Alam. Robert had supposedly told Lee he could increase his money via a non-existent online bet. Robert got Lee to transfer approximately RM28,029 to his wife’s bank account.
The second time took place between 28th and 29th November. This time, Robert apparently informed Lee he could increase his earnings by investing in stocks, which again, were non-existent. Lee transferred another RM30,000.53 to Robert, bringing the total up to RM58,029.53. Robert was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code. He can supposedly be sentenced to 10 years of jail, whipping and a fine if convicted.
Initially, the prosecution had asked the court to set Robert’s bail at RM20,000. However, his lawyer pleaded for mercy. He claimed that although Robert is currently being paid RM35,000 per month as a badminton coach, he still has three young kids to finance as well. Additionally, he is the sole breadwinner of the family as his wife, former squash player Delia Arnold, is currently unemployed.
Judge Anas Mahadzir has permitted Robert to be on bail for RM14,000 and one surety. However, Robert has to surrender his passport until the case is concluded. Robert is also required to report himself every month to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Robert will return to court on 17th August for his case mention. For now, only time will tell what will be the outcome of his case.