Ex-employee faces charges after illegally transferring ownership of company vehicle

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In a case highlighting the importance of vehicle ownership documentation, a man in Petaling Jaya, Selangor has been arrested for allegedly tampering with company property. The man, whose identity has not been released, is accused of illegally changing ownership of a vehicle belonging to his former employer.

Understanding the Charges

The specifics of the case are still emerging, but reports suggest the man may face charges related to:

  • Forgery: Illegally altering or creating documents to transfer vehicle ownership.
  • Theft:  Tampering with company property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of its use.

The penalties for these offenses can be severe, including imprisonment and fines.

Importance of Secure Vehicle Ownership

This case serves as a stark reminder for companies to have clear procedures in place to safeguard vehicle ownership. Here are some recommended practices:

  • Maintain Up-to-Date Registration: Ensure all company vehicles are registered with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) under the company's name.
  • Secure Ownership Documents: Store vehicle ownership documents (Geran Kenderaan Motor) in a safe and secure location.
  • Employee Termination Protocol:  Have a clear protocol for handling company property, including vehicles, during employee termination.

Staying Vigilant

Companies should also be vigilant about any suspicious activity related to company vehicles. This may include:

  • Monitoring vehicle registration records for unauthorized changes.
  • Maintaining a detailed record of all company vehicle keys and ensuring they are accounted for.

Legal Advice

If you suspect a former employee may have tampered with company vehicle ownership, it is crucial to consult with a lawyer specializing in commercial law. They can advise on the appropriate legal course of action to recover the vehicle and press charges against the offender.

This case highlights the importance of companies taking steps to protect their assets, including vehicles. By following recommended practices and staying vigilant, businesses can minimize the risk of falling victim to such illegal activities.

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