Malaysian student pleads not guilty over $4.9 million bank transfer in Australia

Christine Jiaxin Lee was charged in May with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime following her arrest at Sydney Airport while trying to board a flight back to Malaysia.
Christine Jiaxin Lee was charged in May with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime following her arrest at Sydney Airport while trying to board a flight back to Malaysia.PHOTO: SOCIAL MEDIA
Malaysian student Christine Jiaxin Lee, who allegedly spent millions after Westpac bank mistakenly gave her account an unlimited overdraft, has pleaded not guilty.
Malaysian student Christine Jiaxin Lee, who allegedly spent millions after Westpac bank mistakenly gave her account an unlimited overdraft, has pleaded not guilty. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Malaysian student in Australia pleaded not guilty for allegedly spending A$4.6 million (S$4.9 million) mistakenly given to her by a bank.

Christine Jiaxin Lee, 21, pleaded not guilty to the charges against her at the Downing Centre Court in Sydney on Tuesday (Dec 13).

Her lawyer Hugo Aston, told the Daily Mail Australia that her legal team would be "vigorously defending the charges" of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.

"We feel confident our client will be acquitted," said Aston, adding that Lee's family travelled from Malaysia to support her through the matter.

"Her family are fully supportive of her. We are very much a united team," he said.

Aston said Lee planned to return to Malaysia once the case has been concluded.

 
 

Lee's family members, however, were not present in court.

In August 2012, Lee opened a statement account with Westpac Bank, after which the bank had mistakenly given her credit on the account in the form of an unlimited overdraft.

The chemical engineering student, who has been living in Australia for the past five years, allegedly went on shopping spree for luxury handbags and shoes even though Westpac and the police made numerous attempts to contact her.

She was charged in May with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime following her arrest at Sydney Airport while trying to board a flight back to Malaysia.

Westpac representative Matt Tregoning told the Daily Mail Australia that he hoped to see justice.